It is Friday evening, second week of quarantine. I fancy an opulent white whine from Burgundy. I have picked this nectar from Chassagne-Montrachet, situated in the south of the Côte de Beaune, one of the 5 villages of the prestigious Côte des Blancs. The grapes are harvested by hand and put in small cases. They are pressed softly, and then they ferment in oak barrels (a third new wood) produced by the cooperage. The divine juice ages usually 15 months on fine lies before bottling. Santé!
In the glass the wine has a lemon gold colour. The intensity is a pale to medium.
The aromas intensity is pronounced. The aromatic palette is something really astonishing. It starts with floral fragrances of acacia, honeysuckle and a reassuring note of chamomile. Then the tropical perfumes of pineapple and melon come out, enriched by a succulent apricot. A drop of lemon, a sharp flint and a wet stone notes give vivacity and freshness. Merveilleux! The long ages sur lie ant the oak donates hint of brioche and bread dough, while the malolactic has developed flavours remembering the butter and the cream. A rich dry apricot, hay and honey are the predominant tertiaries.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a medium plus level of acidity. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13%). Both flavour intensity is pronounced. All the opulent aromas that have already bewitched our nostrils enchant also the tasting buds.The lasting is long.
Excellent choice! The nectar has an incredibly rich aromatic palette that ranges from the floral fragrance of the acacia to the tropical perfume of the pineapple, and more complex notes of brioche, cream, dry apricot and honey. At the nose is a little masterpiece; I think I smile at the first sniff! I enjoy much more by its own than to wash down my sea bream.
Final vote: 93
Price: £49.99 at Whole Foods