A mineral Chardonnay!
The Chablis vineyard is unique in Burgundy and exhibits very distinctive characteristics. The soil, which ranges in color from white to light gray, is composed of marl and limestone marl from the Upper Jurassic. For this village appellation, the grapes were harvested in demarcated areas of 17 villages including the village of Chablis. This appellation covers 3,425 hectares and is the largest AOC in Burgundy.
We have selected a cuvée from several plots from the south-central part of the appellation: Chablis, Chichée, Courgis and Bergu.
Grape variety: chardonnay
Soils: Jurassic clay-limestone.
Pruning: Guyot system
Harvest date: from 12 to 17 September 2019.
The grapes were handpicked and were sorted a first time in the vineyard and a second time when they arrived at the winery.
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. Beginning of fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats.
Maturation: 30% of the must in fermentation is transferred to Burgundy barrels. Barrels of 1, 2 and 3 wines, for 11 months aging on lees.
Barrels: Oak of French origin toasted at low temperatures for a long time to impart a subtle, delicate touch of oak were used.
Bottling: in December 2020.
Number of bottles: 3,432.
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 4 to 5 years.
Dressed in a beautiful pale gold color, this Chablis develops intense aromas of fruit (apricot), also accompanied by notes of white flowers. On the palate, this rich and dense wine reveals aromas of citrus fruits and apricot jam. The finish is round and offers a sweet minerality.