2019 Domaine Perraud de la Grande Burette Macon-Villages, Burgundy, France (750ml)

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Established in 1951 and previously known as Domaine Perraud, this family estate has split its holdings and is now run by winemaker Thomas Perraud under the name, Domaine Perraud de la Grande Burette. Thomas Perraud selects older-vine Chardonnay fruit from a series of hillside vineyards in the commune of La Roche Vineuse, from a lieu-dit called La Grande Burette, one of the region’s top terroirs. The soils there are very chalky, which gives the wine its lacy texture and mineral-infused, slightly saline finish.

100% Chardonnay from 30 – 50-year-old sustainably-farmed vines, the grapes were hand-picked, pressed whole-cluster, and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks. Aged primarily in tank, but 10% of the wine was aged in older French oak barrels on the fine lees. The wine was blended and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Pale straw hue. Aromas of green apples, Asian pears, and a hint of fresh herbs. Thirst-quenching and balanced, the palate shows yellow apple skin, pears, stone fruit, and ripe lemons. The finish is bright, juicy, and laced with crushed stones. As Thomas says, “value Chardonnay with serious soul!”

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