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Jean-Claude Boisset

SAINT-AUBIN PREMIER CRU "En Remilly" 2011

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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: 9 September 2011.
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 17 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 February 2012.

Tasting notes

Visual: pale yellow tints.
Nose: very delicate with aromas of white flowers and a discrete touch of oak.
Palate: very soft with a great deal of minerality – this wine is already very pleasing.

Food and wine pairing

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

Ageing potential

7 to 10 years

Serving suggestions

12°C

Vintage : 2011

Very particular conditions were experienced with the 2011 vintage year which led to very early harvesting. With these conditions, it is often said that such a year is a year of the winemaker. Springtime was particularly dry and warm giving early signs of potentially promising quality. Rainfall in July helped rebuild the water levels in the soil and brought a new fresh lease of life to the vine. Stormy conditions in August, very unpredictable, led to growers carefully giving extra care and vigilance to their vines. Abundant sunshine and low rainfall levels in September rewarded the growers' patience. Strict sorting of grapes was required both in the vineyard and at the winery. Only the very best grapes were vinified. White Burgundy wines are typified by a fine aromatic purity. Some light citrus aromas as well as delicate floral nuances can be found on tasting. Red Burgundy wines show a generous character, with rounded, supple and elegant tannins. The appealing style of this vintage, already appreciable, will allow for early drinking.

Rewards

2014 - Guide des Meilleurs Vins de France - 14,5 / 20