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Jean-Claude Boisset

SAINT-AUBIN PREMIER CRU "En Remilly" 2008

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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: 22 September 2008.
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 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 12 months with no racking or stirring to bring out all of this wine’s minerality. A proportion of 25% 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 October 2009.
5,700 750-ml bottles were produced.

Tasting notes

Visual: yellowish-gold highlights.
Nose: very delicate with aromas of white flowers and a discrete touch of oak.
Palate: very soft with a great deal of minerality.

Food and wine pairing

Lobster, roasted spiny lobster, fish with cream sauce, chicken with cream sauce, Roquefort and Bleus cheese.

Ageing potential

10 years and more

Serving suggestions

12°C

Vintage : 2008

The 2008 harvest was tricky in Burgundy. There were many challenges in the vineyards including: mildew, oidium, botrytis and even hail in Volnay and Marsannay. Flowering took place over a two-week period in June and there were instances of shatter here and there (failure of grapes to develop after flowering). It was a “grey” summer, and though not rainy, temperatures were low. Finally, in mid-September, a change in weather brought the North wind and cool temperatures. These favourable conditions dried out the vines and helped increase sugar levels while maintaining rather high acidity levels. We began picking the Chardonnay grapes on 22 September while the Pinot Noirs required another week’s wait.