Bourgogne Chardonnay takes its sepcific charaacter from where the grapes are grown and how they are vinified. "Maximum" arises from a judicious blend: the Chardonnay grapes from Meursault, with the sensual delight characteristic of its rich soil and long exposure to the sun, are balanced by the slightly syrupy Chardonnay from Beaune and Chassagne that forms this nicely structured blend. The aging in French oak barrels gives the wine subtle accents of vanilla and toast.
The Bourgogne Blanc Appelation stretches across the entire Burgundy region from Chablis to Macon. Although there are still very small parcels of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Beurot planted in the Cote d'Or, the wines are virtualy all made from the Chardonnay grape. The majority of these wines come from the Cote d'Or and the Cote-Chalonnaise. For this "Maximum" white Burgundy, Armand Cottin, the owner of Laboure-Roi has left no stone unturned in his quest to create a Bourgogne Blanc that reflects the exceptional quality and style identified with this world-famous wine region.
The grapes are hand harvested, lightly pressed and the juice cooled and left to settle in stainless steel tanks beefore the alcoholic fermentation begins under strictly controlled temperatures to ensure proper extraction of fruit and flavor. "Maximum" Bourgogne Blanc is then matured at least six months in French oak barrels.
Pale yellow heightened by golden glints
Toasted hazelnut, dried fig and dried, candied fruit
Round and unctuous, with flavors of vanilla and toast
Serve chilled but not iced, around 50-52 Farenheit (12-14C). Drink with all forms of cold cuts, snails in garlic, river and sea fish, poultry, white meats and soft cheeses.