Jean-Claude Boisset has undergone a radical transformation since the arrival in 2002 of viniculteur Grégory Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy...
Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from ‘lieu-dits’ or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.
Lying between Chassagne and Puligny, Saint Aubin is a village appellation located in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune. It is spread over two different hill ranges: one is the Montagne de Savoie, which marks the end of the Côte d’Or, the other is the Montagne du Ban which runs perpendicular to it. The Chardonnay grapes are grown on white clay soils with a high limestone content.
2008 was a tricky year in Burgundy. There were many challenges in the vineyards including mildew, oidium, botrytis and even hail in some appellations. Flowering took place over a two week period in June and there were instances of shatter here and there (failure of grapes to develop after flowering). It was a grey summer and while not rainy, temperatures were low. Finally, in mid-September, a change in weather brought a northerly wind and cool temperatures. These good conditions dried out the vines and helped increase sugar levels while maintaining high acidity. Picking began on the 30th of September.
The grapes were harvested manually into 20kg crates. The grapes were whole bunch pressed for 2.5 hours, before the juice was transferred to oak vats. Natural yeasts were used for fermentation which lasted up to ten months without racking or lees stirring. 30% were new French oak, toasted at low temperatures to preserve the delicacy of the flavours.
Developing nicely on the nose with aromas of toast, vanilla and hints of mushroom. Exhibits characteristics of the 2008 vintage: good concentration with racy acidity and ample mid-palate fruit. Drinking superbly now.
|Region||Côte de Beaune, Burgundy|
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