Domaine Chavy Chouet Bourgogne Blanc 'Les Femelottes' 2019
Sourced from vines with an average age of 40 years. Matured for 10 months in 10% new French oak.
Aroma; immediately pretty and classically white burgundy- red apple, white flowers, nectarine and citrus.
Palate; Again very classically white Burgundy- elegantly mineral with some red apple and nectarine fruits, citrus, blossoms and fresh minerality. Little hint of oak and lees on the palate gives texture, depth and weight. Exceptional quality, purity and elegance.
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.
There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.
The Bourgogne (Burgundy) wine region of France boasts an ideal climate and geographical location for amazing winemaking. It boasts a large number of both producers and appellations. Located in central France, Bourgogne comprises five primary wine-growing areas: Chablis, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, and Mâconnais. It is home to some of the world’s best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, though other varieties, such as Aligoté and Gamay also grow here. Bourgogne’s climate spans cool continental in the north (near Chablis) to moderate continental as you move further south. Classic Pinot Noir from here features red fruit flavours while young that evolve into earth, mushroom, and game as they age. Chardonnay accounts for roughly half of Bourgogne’s total vineyard area. Chardonnay styles can vary greatly, from lean, high–acidity Chablis to more complex versions from the Côte d’Or and more. The best wines are complex and well-balanced and can age in bottle for 10 years or more.
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