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Jean-Claude Boisset

SAINT-AUBIN PREMIER CRU "En Remilly" 2012

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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 2012.
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 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 January 2014.

Tasting notes

Visual: golden yellow highlights.
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 12 years

Serving suggestions

12°C

Vintage : 2012

Never seen before! – That’s how the Burgundians described the year’s weather. Following the capricious weather patterns, twice as much work was required to get the very best out of the vineyard. The single regret is that the harvest quantity is lower than normal by about 20%. After a mild winter, a fine month of March was followed by cold weather and frosts in springtime. May was warm and sunny followed by a cool and rainy June. The summer was very unpredictable with heat waves, hail and frequent storms, which did not help vineyard growth. The cold, wet Springtime brought about “coulure” (the abortion of the flower into fruit), “millerandage” (uneven, incomplete fertilisation which gives tiny berries) as well as attacks of mildew and oidium. The brief but intense heat waves in Summer provoked some shrivelling of the grapes. These weather phenomena, occurring before the maturation period, led to a significant drop in potential volumes without however affecting the quality potential of the grapes. On the contrary, well-aerated bunches of small berries lead to increased concentration and intensity. A rare vintage, small in quantity compensated with high quality!. For the white Burgundies, these are expressive wines revealing aromas of fresh fruit and citrus. Clean and focused, they are already well-balanced to the taste. Powerful, the Northern Burgundy white wines are showing the typicity of their “terroir” – minerality, flintiness, chalky overtones. This classic vintage is illustrated by its finesse and fine concentration. Certain wines benefiting from a magnificent complexity and perfect structure need some years to age. The red Burgundies have a very deep colour, dense – almost black for some. They reveal aromas of rich, intense red fruit. Their tannins, being ripe and silky help give a fine harmony to the taste. Vintage 2012 portrays itself as a classic.

Rewards

2015 - Guide des Meilleurs Vins de France - 14 / 20