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Jean-Claude Boisset

SAINT-AUBIN PREMIER CRU "En Remilly" 2017

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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: September, 11, 2017.
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 of 450L with no settling to preserve a maximum of lees. Long fermentation (up to 10 months!) using indigenous yeasts.
In the cellar: aged for 18 months with no racking or stirring to bring out all of this wine’s minerality. A proportion of 35% 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 March 2019.
Production: 1.136 bottles

Tasting notes

Visual: Brillant yellow colour with golden tints.
Nose: A complex and racy nose with floral aromas, white fruits and some mineral notes. Some reduction notes in his youth.
Palate: A rich and supple wine, with a tangy frame. Some notes of spices on the palate. Very beautiful length!

Ageing potential

From 6 to 10 years.

Vintage : 2017

The 2017 vintage, the epitome of Bourgogne elegance.
After spending the winter building up their strength, the vines profited fully from a very warm spring, with budburst in early April ensuring a head start in terms of the growth cycle that was maintained right up to the harvest. The plants progressed from stage to stage free from hindrance, and by mid-June, were flowering before rapid fruit set. An early vintage was confirmed.
During the summer, a few spells of heatwave alternated with more mixed weather. However, ripening continued at a good pace and by the end of August, the first grapes were being picked, two weeks ahead of average. Harvesting continued until mid-September as each plot reached peak maturity. The grapes were in exceptional health and required virtually no sorting. Everyone was very enthusiastic about this fabulous fruit, its peak ripeness, and the volumes produced.
Vinification went without a hitch and the mood was one of serenity for this vintage when the Bourgogne winegrowing region returned to more habitual levels of quality and quantity.
The 2017 vintage is one of the most elegant expressions of the Chardonnay grape, with perfectly balanced wines and a wonderful aromatic profile. They are crisp, with notes of citrus and white-fleshed fruit. Aeration triggers the release of hints of peach and apricot, while in the mouth, minerality and tension balance out this rich, fruit-filled palette. A very fine vintage indeed!
For red wines, intense, dazzling colors ranging from ruby to garnet. From first glance, these wines simply invite one to taste them. Notes of red and black berries in these extremely expressive wines are another sign of indulgence, while perfect balance in the mouth combined with silky tannins results in a very harmonious ensemble that is subtle and without opulence.