On gently sloping hills, Chardonnay vines cling to contours anchored in soils that were once an ancient inland sea. Today, vineyards extend from the stone streets of small villages and blanket nearby slopes. One of these villages is Auxey-Duresses (pronounced "Aussey") where Chardonnay grows on slopes south of the town and adjacent to the nearby vineyards of Meursault.
The villages of Burgundy are typically hyphenated with the name of the most famous vineyards of the village. In this case, "Les Duresses" which is a premier cru vineyard shared with the neighboring village of Monthelie.
Like most wines made in the Côte de Beaune, this wine is made on a very small scale, with extremely limited production. The Chardonnay grapes are picked by hand, barrel fermented and aged in oak casks for a year. The result is an elegant white wine that has a freshness and a silkiness that only small scale craft winemaking can achieve.
Zesty lemon aromas and white flowers rise above subtle hints of vanilla with flavors of crisp apple and a beautiful flinty minerality. Goes well with shrimp and fish in spicy sauces, as well as ratatouille and cooked shellfish.
- Alcohol: 13%
- Bottle Size: 750mL
- Varietal: Chardonnay