We select the finest grapes from parcels that are worked using methods close to biodynamic cultivation, to make our Chardonnay Réserve.
Fermentation takes place in barrels. Maturing is interrupted by a stirring of the lees to allow the fine lees to slowly share all of their aromas with the wine. Bottling takes place after some 12 months, with great care given to the product of the harvest.
Tasting: the wine offers a yellow-gold robe and an intense nose with notes of pineapple, citrus fruits and apricot. In mouth there is volume and a lovely acidity: a structure that is streamlined with a long finish.
Our Réserve is very much a wine designed to be aged – several years of cellaring will show it at its best, bringing out all the aromatic complexity of this thoroughbred Chardonnay.
Harvest on 10th September
The budding date predicted a normal year, with harvest in October, as usual in our region. But the time until the flowering has rarely been so short: only 49 days against 62.5 days on average thanks to hot and sunny weather!
So we started picking on September 10, with grapes of absolutely irreproachable quality and temperatures still frying 30 degrees. It was one of the nicest and longest summers ever recorded.
The fermentations went well. The last sugars turned into alcohol. Crucial stage, revealing the subtleties of the grape. Out of respect for work in the vineyard, we vinify in the same state of mind. In particular, by the use of native yeasts or the absence of sulfur, which makes us live adventures sometimes surprising … The tasting is daily. We monitor the wines with curiosity and interest, which allows us to gently guide each tank through temperature controls or transvases.
We are looking forward to seeing you again at our cellar to taste this 2018 vintage, which offers wines with body and very nice concentrations of aromas.