Information about the wine:
The wine comes from the single vineyard La Grande Châtelaine in the Côtes de Beaune. The Chardonnay vines have an age of 30 years in a vineyard planted at 10,000 cane density on chalky soil. The wine fermented spontaneously and over six months in three to ten year old barrels. This was followed by ageing for twelve months. The addition of sulphur at bottling was very low.
The Côte de Beaune blanc from the La Grande Châtelaine single vineyard initially hides behind a reductive note that reminds one a little of flint, petrol and marrow bone, before the overlying perfume of cedrat lemons, stone fruit and a little pineapple becomes more obvious. The young wine still needs a little time to find its feet, but it certainly already seems appetizing, and of course a decanter always helps in cases like this.
On the palate, the Chardonnay seems almost austere like a young Chablis. It is acidic and focused on the green fruit of limes and young pineapple. The Burgundy seems punchy, at the same time it is clear and provides with its combination of acidity, slight saltiness and citrus dominance for drinking flow and liveliness.
Food recommendations by Christoph Raffelt:
- Oysters with a slice of lemon
(Seafood, Oysters & Clams)
- Crab meat with a green coriander mayonnaise and limes
(Seafood, Crabs & Shrimp)
- Tarte flambée with red onions and caper apples (vegetarian)
(pasta, pizza, polenta & risotto, onion vegetables, tarte flambée, vegetarian dishes)
François de Nicolay, 4 Rue Henri Cyrot, 21420 Savigny-Lès-Beaune / France, Organic certificate: FR-BIO-01