Bourgogne Chardonnay `Les Ursulines`

Burgundy

Jean-Claude Boisset

Jean-Claude Boisset was radically transformed with 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.

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Vineyards

The wine was made from selected parcels from the Côte de Beaune, in fact most of it is 'declassified' Rully, which gave a richness and structure to the wine. This is quite rare as most negociants source their 'Bourgogne Blanc' from the cheaper Macônnais area. Soils are mostly limestone-clay. Grégory is fanatical about the quality in the vineyard, regularly checking for any sign of disease or vine pests; he focuses particularly on soil management in order to increase microbiological activity and thus soil and vine health.

Vintage Information

2015 experienced a warm summer with little rainfall, which brought the harvest forward. The Chardonnay grapes were harvested at full ripeness and the resulting wines are full of stone fruit characters, with more richness and lower acidity levels than the wines of 2014.

Vinification

The whole bunches of grapes were pressed very gently for two and a half hours. The must was dropped to 12°C before being transferred to barrels, without settling, to conserve as much of the lees as possible. A very long fermentation followed using natural yeasts. The wine aged for 14 months without racking, or lees stirring, to accentuate its mineral qualities. 10% new French oak barrels were used to impart subtle complexity and a smooth finish. Again, it is quite rare for a 'Bourgogne Blanc' to be 100% aged in oak. Bottling took place using gravity after fining with bentonite and a very light filtration.

Tasting Notes

A fresh bouquet with notes of acacia, honey and yellow fruits. The palate is very well balanced, with good acidity and a silky texture.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.65g/l
Residual Sugar 0.9g/l
Wine pH 3.35