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Domaine Camu Vezelay Bourgogne 2015

Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
    12.5% ABV
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    12.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    A brilliant, luminous tinted green colour. The bouquet reveals fresh citrus and oyster shell aromas. The palate is pure, fresh and lively. The finish is full of fruity flavours.

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    Domaine Camu Vezelay

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    Domaine Camu Vezelay, Burgundy, France
    The domaine Camu has vineyards extending over 14 hectares planted with both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. The lower harvest rate, associated with the traditional vinification process of this area, allows the wine to express to the greatest advantage, the terroir. The Bourgogne Vézelay is a fruity wine full of the aromas of citrus fruit and white flowers. Our domaine, owns, notably, a parcel of vines called “Le Clos Du” (after the Clos du Duc) which belonged to the Duke of Bourgogne. This south facing parcel planted with older vines produces a great quality wine.

    The presence of vines in Vézelay goes back to the Roman times. During the XI century the Abbey in Vézelay became a well-known centre of pilgrimage and was the starting point of the crusade undertaken by Saint Jacques de Compostelle. Owned by the Dukes of Bourgogne, the vineyards of Vézelay have known many periods of splendour. The basilica dedicated to Saint Madeleine which has crowned the top of the mount since 1145 has been declared a monument of great historical importance by UNESCO since 1979. Today the vineyards extend to around 100 hectares and are located in the villages of Asquin, Tharoiseau, Saint Père and Vézelay. The two principal grape varieties are the Chardonnay for the white wines and Pinot Noir for the reds. The vineyards are South East to South West facing on limestone from the Jurassique age.

    Burgundy

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    A legendary wine region setting the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide, Burgundy is a perennial favorite of many wine lovers. After centuries of winemaking, the Burgundians have determined precisely which grape clone grows best on which plot of land. While the concept of ‘terroir’ reigns supreme here—soil type, elevation and angle of each slope—this is a region firmly rooted in tradition. Because of the Napoleonic Code requiring equal distribution of property and land among all heirs, vineyard ownership in Burgundy is extremely fragmented, with some growers responsible for just one or two rows of vines. This system has led to the predominance of the "negociant"—a merchant who purchases fruit from many different growers to vinify and bottle together.

    Burgundy’s cool, marginal climate and Jurassic limestone soils are perfect for the production of elegant, savory, and mineral-driven Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with plenty of acidity. Vintage variation is of particular importance here, as weather conditions can be variable and unpredictable. In some years spring frost and hail must be overcome.

    The Côte d’Or, a long and narrow escarpment, forms the heart of the region, split into the Côte de Nuits to the north and the Côte de Beaune to the south. The former is home to many of the world’s finest Pinot Noir wines, while Chardonnay plays a much more prominent role in the latter, though outstanding red, white, and rosé are all produced throughout. Other key appellations include the Côte Chalonnaise, home to great value Pinot Noir and sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne. The Mâconnais produces soft and round, value-driven Chardonnay while Chablis, the northernmost region of Burgundy, is a paradise for any lover of bright, acid-driven and often age-worthy versions of the grape.

    Chardonnay

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    One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

    In the Glass

    When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

    Perfect Pairings

    Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

    Sommelier Secret

    Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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