Domaine de Villaine Bourgogne Blanc Les Clous Aime 2019
About the wine:
Vinified and aged in twelve months in neutral wood, this cuvée is very expressive, showcasing notes of white flowers, citrus, and acacia. Pierre de Benoist (domaine director) recommends drinking it now if you want to experience the fresh, energetic fruit or waiting 3-5 years if you prefer a denser, more evolved Chardonnay.
Fermentation and raising of the wine are identical to the Bouzeron, except 80% of the fermentation and aging is in foudre and 20% is in barrel
About the producer:
The de Villaines farm three appellations within the Côte Chalonaise, namely Bouzeron (Aligoté), Rully (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) and Mercurey (Pinot Noir). Their single-vineyard parcels are stunning examples of what this complex and amazing terroir can yield. Though their wines are quite enjoyable young, their ability to age well is what one might expect from a master such as de Villaine. Much of this is due to both the diversity of his vinestock and his organic and biodynamic methodology in the vineyards, both of which Aubert stands by with great conviction. He also ferments his Mercureys and Rully rouge in wood tanks, a style adopted from DRC.