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Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru `Clos St. Jean`

Côte de Beaune, Burgundy

Domaine Borgeot

The 23 hectare Domaine Borgeot is situated in the village of Remigny in the Côte de Beaune.  It was created in 1903 and is now run by fourth generation brothers Laurent & Pascal Borgeot...

Their 23 hectares are in the villages of Bouzeron, Santenay, Chassagne Montrachet and Puligny Montrachet. The magic of Domaine Borgeot lies in the two people who make these charming wines. Pascal is calm, measured and brings an element of control over Laurent, who cannot sit still for one minute. As the saying goes in Burgundy, if you look at the person behind the wines, you will get an idea of the style of wine in your glass. Domaine Borgeot wines exhibit the calm restraint of Pascal balanced with the exuberance and liveliness of Laurent.

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Vineyards

All fruit is sourced from vineyards within the family Domaine, located in the village of Rémgny in the Côte d’Or. The total area under vine is 23 hectares spread across the villages of Bourzeron, Satenay, Chassagne Montrachet and Puligny Montrachet. In the vineyard, brothers Pascal and Laurent adopt an approach of ‘lutte raisonnée’, meaning that they will do everything in their power to adhere to the principles of organic farming and avoid the use of pesticides.

Vintage information

The Côte de Beaune was severely affected by the hail storms and wet weather that characterised the late spring and early summer of 2012. With poor flowering conditions, there was low fruit set and a resulting grape shortage. Nevertheless, great care of the grapes that did grow throughout the summer, ensured their excellent quality, with whites showing a wonderful acidity and ripe fruit flavours at harvest time.

Vinification

Grapes were all harvested by hand and underwent sorting to ensure that only the finest of fruit made it into the final wine. Throughout the vinification process, the brothers employed a combination of both traditional Burgundian techniques and modern winemaking practices with an emphasis on temperature control. 100% of the fruit was de-stemmed and the grapes were chilled before fermentation. Fermentation took place in open vats for 18 days with daily pumping over. Following this, the wine was transferred to French barrels for 11 months of aging, with one third of the barrels being new oak.

Tasting Notes

Pronounced minerality and focus, with smoky notes underpinning the fruit and adding to the structure and finish. This is a pleasure to drink, with hints of cream on the palate and finishing with bright, lively acidity.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Winemaker Laurent Borgeot
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 6.07g/l
Residual Sugar 1.83g/l
Wine pH 3.34