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Producer: Château de CîteauxGrape Varieties: 100% ChardonnayOptimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Rich yet dry complex whiteAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
Rich and intense floral and citrus fruits combine with nutty, spicy nuances. Elegant on the palate displaying lovely fresh minerality.
The Bouzereau family has been growing vines in Meursault for nine generations, dating back to the 18th century. The current Château de Cîteaux was established by Philippe Bouzereau (senior) in the 1960s. His son Philippe (junior) took over the running of the estate in 2006, having completed his studies in Beaune and worked vintages in Beaujolais, Australia and New Zealand. The 18 hectares of vines are cultivated according to the principles of la ‘Lutte Raisonnée’, or sustainable farming. Philippe passionately believes in letting the wine express its terroir, through minimum intervention in the winery and a judicious use of oak. He has certainly achieved this, as the resulting wines are rich, concentrated and showcase the terroir beautifully.
The 2015 vintage was perfect. The fruit was in an impeccable condition and at optimal ripeness at harvest. Flowering took place in early June, followed by véraison in mid July and harvesting started at the beginning of September.
The grapes come from the 'Vieux Clos du Château de Cîteaux' vineyard which is owned solely by the Bouzereau family. Philippe affectionately refers to this plot as his "garden". The vines here draw energy from a terroir steeped in history, as the walledplot or 'clos' was formerly tended in the 11th century by the monks of Cîteaux. The plot is situated in the heart of the village, at the foot of the Cîteaux Castle and covers 1.7 hectares. Planted 21 years ago, the vines are grown in deep, stony soils and produce fine, silky and elegant wines. The vineyard is managed using sustainable practices, only organic fertilisers and composts are used. Chemical herbicides have not been used for over 15 years.
The grapes were hand harvested at optimum maturity, selected and pneumatically pressed. Fermentation took place on the lees in oak barrels with regular 'bâtonnage' or lees stirring. The wines were then matured in the family cellars in French oak barrels of which 20 to 30% were new, for a period of 12 months. The use of oak is carefully monitored to ensure it does not detract from the nuances of the terroir of the plot of the 'Vieux Clos du Château de Cìteaux' from which the grapes hail.
A wonderful expression of an extremely fine Chardonnay, with intense floral and citrus fruits combined with nutty, spicy nuances. Full bodied yet silky on the palate, this has an extraordinarily fine, long finish.
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