A 55-year-old vine parcel of small-berried Chardonnay selected to ripen early, in the lieu-dit of “Sous la Velle”, literally below the village. The soil is clay-limestone marl of 50-70cm depth over gravelly limestone rock. The clay gives the wine the Meursault depth and creaminess, while the early ripening and shallow limestone bedrock keep freshness and brightness. Organically farmed since 2012, we are very excited to have this new cuvée.
The grapes were hand-picked, foot-crushed in the press with a short pressing program in 2020 to keep the juice acidity as high as possible. Chilled overnight, then racked into a 400L and a 300L barrel along with some bourbe (grape-solids from the press, full of nutrients and flavour/texture pre-cursors) for fermentation by indigenous yeasts. Aged on full lies, without stirring or Spring racking, for fourteen months before another three months in tank. Unfined, lightly filtered and bottled under DIAM 10.
Pale colour with a lime tint. Once again, a startlingly pure and fine bouquet, as is typical of Le Grappin whites. This has kept its line with an admirably taut structure while displaying all its fruit. A very lightly nutty touch. Very long finish, with an admirable crispness. 93 points, 5 STAR WINE - Jasper Morris MW