La Corvée aux Moines 2019
For many years associated with the aperitif named Kir, Bourgogne Aligoté now asserts the qualities of its falvours and shines alone!
This regional appellation may be cultivated throughout wine-growing Burgundy. The appellation covers a surface area of approximately 1,400 hectares. Burgundy’s soils are clay-limestone based, but variations between villages can have significant influence on the characteristics of the wines. This is why careful selection is essential for crafting the finest wines.
"La Corvée Aux Moines" is a plot located in the lower town of Puligny-Montrachet. Here the soil is clay, giving the wine a nice roundness.
Grape variety: aligoté
Surface area under vine: 0.2920 ha
Pruning: Guyot system
Yield: 30 hL/ha
Average age of the vines: 51 years old.
Harvest date: 13 September 2019.
The grapes were handpicked.
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 (450L) with no settling to preserve a maximum of lees. Long fermentation using indigenous yeasts for added complexity and freshness.
Maturation: aged for 16 months with no racking or stirring to bring out all of this wine’s minerality. A proportion of 50% new French oak barrels.
Barrels: 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 2021.
Number of bottles: 1,150.
A legendary vintages?
According to Grégory Patriat, this second harvest at the Ursulines winery will go down as a legendary vintage just like 1969, 1979, 1999, 2009, and 2019, because the concentration in the wines is very high indeed. Years with drought and low yields are always great vintages in Burgundy. We had some new premier crus come online last year, with three in Chambolle-Musigny, one in Gevrey-Chambertin, and one in Nuits-Saint-Georges; Le Clos des Argillères. Furthermore, we revived our tradition of producing white wines in villages better known for their reds, with a white Fixin.
Ageing potential: from 5 to 10 years.
With a brilliant golden yellow color, this Bourgogne Aligoté reveals aromas typical of white wines from the Côte de Beaune: white fruits, acacias and buttery notes. On the palate, this delicious wine reveals a very nice freshness and a subtly tannic finish.