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Producer: Domaine Rene MonnierGrape Varieties: 100% ChardonnayOptimum Drinking: Within 6 yearsWine Style: Elegant rich complex whiteAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
Great typicity showing a pure mineral core complemented by hazelnuts and brioche, classic and elegant.
Domaine René Monnier is a leading and sought-after producer situated in the heart of Meursault. With over 18 hectares of vineyard in the most prestigious Crus of the Côte de Beaune, Domaine René Monnier is one of the largest privately owned domains in the region. Founded in 1723, the domain is now in the hands of the tenth generation, with all the wines being skilfully made by Xavier Monnot. Domaine René Monnier's white wines are fresh and stylish avoiding an excessive use of oak, while the reds are the epitome of fine Burgundy demonstrating the balanced, silky style of this house.
2016 was generally a challenging vintage due to frost which affected the vineyard on 27th April, damaging a large part of the crop and resulting in lower yields. Fine weather in September helped to rescue this vintage. The fruit that remained was good quality, without extremes of acidity, alcohol or fruit concentration, resulting in a classic style of Burgundy.
The vineyards are farmed according to "La lutte raisonnée", using sustainable agriculture methods, reducing the use of chemicals in order to respect the land and its environment. The soils in the vineyard have a high limestone content, retaining moisture in dry weather, but also offering good drainage in cooler weather.
Whole bunches were carefully selected and then gently pressed, followed by a static settling of the must prior to fermentation. Fermentation took place in new French oak. The wine was aged in oak barrels, 30% of which were new oak for a period of 14 months, during which delicate bâtonnage of the lees took place imparting complexity and texture to the palate. The wine went through malolactic fermentation, prior to being lightly fined and filtered. Estate bottled using gravity.
A delicious accompaniment to shellfish, especially lobster and scallops.
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