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Jean-Claude Boisset

SAINT-AUBIN PREMIER CRU "En Remilly" 2015

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Varietal

100% Chardonnay

Origins

The vines are mainly planted on the right flank of the broad combe which meanders towards La Rochepot. The appellation area is spread over two different massifs: one, the Montagne de Savoie, which ends the Côte d'Or and the other with the mountain of Ban which is perpendicular.
The plot 'En Remilly' is located on the second slope and adjoins the largest names of the golden triangle. This climate is located a few meters from the Montrachet, facing south with a good stony ground. It is recognized as the best premier cru of the appellation with « Murgers des dents de chien ».

Vineyard selection and management

This wine comes from selected vineyards (no young vines) and respects strict requirements with regard to yields, for example. The soil is worked to encourage and maintain the soil’s bacterial life which is necessary for the terroir to fully express itself.

Vinification and maturing

Harvest date: 15 September 2015.
At the winery: the whole bunches of grapes were gently pressed for 2½ hours. The temperature of the must was brought down to 12°C. Then the must was immediately transferred to barrels with no settling to preserve a maximum of lees. Long fermentation (up to 10 months!) using indigenous yeasts.
In the cellar: aged for 16 months with no racking or stirring to bring out all of this wine’s minerality. A proportion of 30% new French oak barrels that had been toasted at low temperatures for a long time to impart a subtle, delicate touch of oak were used.
Bottling: the wine was bentonite fined and very gently filtered before being bottled using gravity in February 2017.

Tasting notes

Visual: yellow colour with golden tints.
Nose: aromas of white fruits, acacia, and mineral notes.
Palate: a noble wine, blending freshness and roundness. Powerful, with a beautiful length.

Ageing potential

6 to 10 years

Vintage : 2015

This vintage stands out thanks to a winning combination: grapes with optimum maturity and great sanitary conditions.
Winter went by with a quite mild weather and spring wasn’t long to settle as temperatures rocketed remarkably. And temperatures continued to heighten until the end of August along with a supplementary amount of sunshine in June and July. In these exceptional conditions, everything moved very fast. The flowering took place quick and early in June, and the grapes began to ripen in the first two weeks of July. The only fly in the ointment is the dryness the vineyard suffered, which caused some damage: some leaves and berries were scorched and some millerandage was observed on the Pinot Noir. So, these phenomenons lessened somewhat the yields in the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. Luckily, the great sanitary conditions in the vineyard allowed us to settle the harvest date with the best maturity as a single target. It also allowed us to keep more whole bunches during the vinifications which will give wines with greater complexity. White wines are very rich and expressive, with white fruits notes and a great aromatic pureness. Red wines have an intense and shiny colour, and display ripe aromas of red fruits. Tannins are silky and supple.
All in all, 2015 is already a scrumptious vintage!