Bourgogne Blanc 2017 — Chardonnay
A Wine That
makes our mouthes water just thinking about it. It's a wine that we want to drink all night long with canapés; in fact it's so moreish that we want to throw a canapé party just for this wine. It's lipsmackingly salty with real pizzazz; think pears, quince, lime zest and croissant dough with an almost chewy texture. Basically, yum.
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- Winemaker: Domaine Derain
Where and How?
This is from a young vineyard planted near the Puligny-Montrachet Villages vineyards by Julien Altaber, who has taken the reins of Dominique's vineyards and winery since he retired. It was planted to Chardonnay and a small amount of Pinot Blanc. It has been farmed biodynamically since it was planted.
The grapes were pressed and the juice was naturally settled for 36 hours, followed by a three-week natural fermentation. The wine was aged in stainless steel for six months on the lees. Bottled with just a touch of sulphur.
Dominique may have officially retired, but he still spends his days in the vineyards and in the cellar, tasting with Julien Altaber and Carole Schwab; the duo who have taken over the domaine. Honouring Dominique, they continue to make the wines under his name and according to his vinification practices, for this is not simply a retired vigneron.
Dominique has been a friend, teacher and influence for so many aspiring farmers and winemakers who wish to work without chemicals. Here, it has never been about making fancy, dressed-up wines in their tuxedos, dresses and heels. Rather, this is Burgundy in the nude - it is the skin and bones of these old vines that speak through the unadulterated wines.