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Producer: Château de CîteauxGrape Varieties: 100% ChardonnayOptimum Drinking: Within 10 yearsWine Style: Complex rich yet balanced whiteAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
Displaying all the hallmarks of a top quality Meursault, this fine, elegant and complex wine is beautifully layered with an exquisitely long finish and a lovely purity of fruit.
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.
In 2016, the climatic conditions were rather complicated due to significant frost in the region. Due to negative temperatures, some of the Château de Cîteaux the spring buds were badly damaged, considerably reducing the yield. 2016 produced a small harvest of just 12 hectolitres per hectare, but the remaining fruit produces wines of great concentration and opulence.
The premier cru site of 'Les Genevrières' is on a moderate slope which allows good drainage of rainwater. The eastern orientation of the vines preserves a freshness in the grapes, resulting in a beautiful finesse in the wine. The soils in the plot are clay limestone, with a rocky structure. The vineyard is managed using sustainable practices, only organic fertilisers and composts are used and chemical herbicides have not been used for over 15 years. The vineyard is cultivated in the traditional Burgundian manner.
The grapes were harvested at optimal maturity, carefully 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 in the plot of 'Les Genevrières', from which the grapes hail.
Displaying all the hallmarks of a top quality Meursault, this fine, elegant and concentrated Chardonnay is beautifully balanced, with pure lifted fruits and a rich, nutty palate leading to an exquisitely long finish.
Delicious with salmon in a sorrel cream.
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