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2018 Domaine Chantereves Saint Romain Combe Bazin, Burgundy, France (750 ml)

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Maison Chanterêves is the micro-négociant project of winemakers Tomoko Kuriyama and Guillaume Bott. Japanese by birth, Tomoko studied at the respected wine university in Geisenheim, Germany, becoming estate manager at the renowned Friedrich Altenkirch (once vintner to the Kaiser) in the Rheingau. In France, Tomoko and her husband Guillaume, winemaker at Simon Bize, have teamed up since 2010 to craft remarkable wines from a cellar tucked under a modern house in Savigny-lès-Beaune. The couple buys small quantities of organic grapes from various vineyards in Burgundy (and other appellations). They employ a high percentage of whole cluster fermentation and a very low dose of SO₂. These are wines full of energy but very much in the “natural wine” aesthetic: straightforward expressions, reflecting a fresh-faced purity without artifice, embellishment or pretension – sans maquillage. Upper slope (280 to 300-meters elevation), just above Meursault Les Vireuils, facing south-east, high limestone content in soil. Light crushing by foot, very slow pressing (6-7 hours), slow indigenous yeast fermentation in older oak barrels (228L). Aged for 12 months in older oak barrels, racked 3 weeks before bottling.

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