Stéphane Aladame is one of the stars of the younger generation of French...
producers. Whereas many young winemakers inherit their estate, Stéphane began from scratch in 1992, at the age of 18. He completed his studies in Beaune before renting vineyards in Montagny, in the Côte Chalonnaise. The wines of Montagny can easily rival those from the more famous Côte de Beaune, which lies immediately to the north, and often at considerably better prices. Stéphane is also a bit of an anomaly in Montagny, as the village is dominated by cooperatives (at around 75%), with only 18 independent producers. Stéphane now cultivates eight hectares, with seven hectares situated in Montagny Premier Cru.
Montagny is an undulating area, giving the vineyards a myriad of exposures. Grapes for this wine were grown mainly in Les Maroques vineyard. Soils here are chalky clay and the vines are aged under 40 years old. Fertilisers are not used.
Burgundy was struck this year with damaging hailstorms and frost which meant that yields were down across the entire region. However, what remains is considered good quality in a classic style, with good balance between acid, alcohol, body and fruit concentration. The 2016 vintage is fresh, lively and well balanced.
The fruit was hand-picked, pressed and the must was settled before fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with natural yeasts. No artificial yeasts or enzymes were used and the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was then matured for ten months after which a light filtration took place before bottling.
A bright, pale yellow wine with a lively bouquet of peach and pineapple tropical fruits blend with touches of more savoury, mineral notes. This wine is medium-bodied, with a vibrant, intense core of citrus and stone fruit alongside a firm mineral zip that continues through the long finish.
|Grape varieties||100% Chardonnay|
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