Beaune 1er Cru `Vignes Franches`

Côte de Beaune

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

"Les Vignes Franches" is a vineyard in Beaune. It is south-east facing and the vines are ungrafted and on average 70 years old, planted on limestone soil. Guyot is the pruning method and the vineyard yields just 15 hectolitres per hectare.

Vintage Information

The many rainstorms in spring were luckily followed by a hot and sunny summer, with the occasional hailstorm in July. During September there was ambient warmth and regular rain, and harvest began on the 3rd of October.

Vinification

The grapes were pressed in a pneumatic press and fermented in a 450 litre barrel. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place and the wine spent 18 months ageing in one year old 100% French oak.

Tasting Notes

Pale, brilliant yellow. On the nose, the 'Vignes Franches' boasts aromas of acacia, fresh bread and white fruit. The palate is smooth and has a good concentration of flavours and a lovely, long finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 6.8g/l
Residual Sugar 1.4g/l
Wine pH 3.12