Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet 2002

Chardonnay from Burgundy, France

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Item No. 78128
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Winemaker's Notes

Located in the South of the Cote de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet is one of the famous villages, together with Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet, making up the prestigious "Cote des blancs" (the slope of the "whites"). Chardonnay is the unique variety used to produce these white wines. It is growing on limestone soil mixed with brown clay. A careful balance between tradition and modern techniques characterizes Joseph Drouhin vineyard management and vinification : they have their own nursery. Ploughing and leaf removal are the only methods used. The whole harvest is picked by hand. The grapes are gently and slowly pressed. The juice settles down for a few hours and is then placed in oak barrels. The fermentation starts naturally, with no yeast inoculation. The malolactic fermentation is always led to its natural completion. The wine matures in small oak barrels for 9 to 10 months and receives all the necessary care before bottling. The percentage of new oak varies with the vintage, never exceeding 40%, so that the oak cannot dominate the fruit. Chassagne-Montrachet always has a beautiful, limpid, golden hue. On the nose, there are often delicate nuances of pear, vanilla and almonds flavours. Round and ample on the palate, the wine has length and complexity. It is best served with white meat (turkey, veal) or fish in delicate sauces.

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Since 1880, Maison Joseph Drouhin has built a reputation for wines that primarily reflect their individual terroir and vintage. Faithfully preserving the individuality of each appellation, the Drouhin firm constantly strives for wines of breed, finesse and elegance. A balance of tradition and modern techniques characterizes Joseph Drouhin winemaking and vineyard management: on...

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The region of Burgundy is the fairytale land of vines. There are stories of kings, conquerors and commoners recounting the seductive effects of a Burgundian wine. Even now, many wine aficionados and lovers will pinpoint their most memorable wine moment at that first taste of an aged Burgundy. Much of this can be related to the terroir of Burgundy. Centuries of winemaking have...

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Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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