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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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