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Rully 1er Cru 'Rabource' 2016. Domaine Gouffier

Rully 1er Cru 'Rabource' 2016. Domaine Gouffier
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Producer:  Domaine Gouffier
Grape Varieties:  100% Chardonnay
Optimum Drinking:  Within 6 years
Wine Style:  Complex rich yet dry white
Alcohol by Volume:  13%
Closure:  Natural Cork
Country:  France

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Rully 1er Cru 'Rabourcé' 2016, Domaine Gouffier

Layers of flavours of dried apricot and tangerines over a textured mineral background, long and beautifully fresh.

Producer Note

Domaine Gouffier owns five and a half hectares of vineyard in the villages of Fontaines and Mercurey in Côte Chalonnaise. The domain has been run by the Gouffier family for generations until Jerome Gouffier handed over the reins to his close friend Frédéric Gueugneau, formerly at La Chablisienne. Since 2011, Frédéric and oenologist Benoît Pagot have brought about a new style of winemaking to the domain. They follow an organic philosophy to create wines that are modern, approachable and affordable, but with all the style and panache of good Burgundy. They have created a collection of wines of outstanding originality, verve and spirit.

Vintage

2016 was a challenging vintage with spells of hail, frost and mildew. However, warm weather throughout the latter part of the growing cycle resulted in a harvest which winemaker Frédéric has called a classic vintage, with the wines showing a good balance between sugar and acidity.

Vineyard

The vines are grown in the 1er Cru vineyard of Rabourcé, in AOC Rully, a northern commune of the Côte Chalonnaise. The soils are limestone which imparts elegance to the wine. The climate is continental, with warm summers, cold winters and excellent diurnal temperature differences. The vineyard is cultivated using organic preparations and the use of chemical herbicides is strictly prohibited. The double Guyot trained vines are carefully managed between the spring and summer months to ensure optimal conditions for healthy, mature grapes at harvest time; with strict debudding, leaf thinning and ploughing of the soil.

Winemaking

The Chardonnay grapes were hand-picked at optimum maturity and carefully selected in the cellar. The grapes were very delicately transferred via a conveyor belt directly to French oak barrels of 228 to 400 litres, of which 25% were new, in order to preserve the mineral character. Fermentation took place in the barrels and aged for 12 months in barrel with regular bâtonnage to impart texture and complexity. Working in partnership with their cooper based in Cognac, since the 2013 vintage Domaine Gouffier has been experimenting with using oak from the state forests of Fontaine, just a few miles from the vines, endeavouring to stay true to the local terroir.

Tasting Note

Layers of flavour showing a beautiful purity of fruit complemented by an opulent mouthfeel.

Serving Suggestion

Ideal with a seafood platter, grilled king prawns or fresh goat’s cheese.

Grape

Chardonnay 100%

 


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