Bourgogne Chardonnay `Les Ursulines`

Côte de Nuits

Jean-Claude Boisset

Jean-Claude Boisset has undergone a radical transformation since the arrival in 2002 of...

viniculteur Grégory Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy. Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from 'lieu-dits' or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.

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Vineyards

The 2009 is produced from parcels coming both from the Côte de Beaune (50%) - lending a richness - and from a little further south in the Mâcon, providing wines with a fresh mineral character, which proved to be very useful in a hot vintage like 2009. Soils are mostly limestone-clay. Grégory is fanatical about the quality in the vineyard, regularly checking for any sign of disease or vine pests; he focusses particularly on soil management in order to increase microbiological activity and thus soil and vine health. The majority of the vineyards he sources fruit from are organic.

Vintage Information

2009 was an exceptional vintage especially with regard to the quality of the grapes which ripened in excellent sanitary conditions. As a result of this good quality fruit it was hardly necessary to sort the grapes at the winery and only a very small percentage were eliminated. The Chardonnays overall are rich and contain good levels of acidity.

Vinification

Harvest took place from 9-12 September by hand using perforated 20kg crates. On arrival at the winery whole bunches were pressed very gently for two and a half hours. The temperature of the must was dropped to 12°C before transferring it directly to barrels without settling to conserve as much of the lees as possible. A long fermentation followed using indigenous yeasts. The wine aged for 9 months without racking off and with no lees stirring to accentuate the wine's mineral qualities. 10% of new French oak barrels were used to impart subtle complexity and a smooth finish. Bottling took place in June 2010 using gravity after fining with bentonite and a very light filtration.

Tasting Notes

The 2009 is a clear, bright yellow in colour. On the nose, gentle honey, peach and citrus fruit dominate while the palate shows a tiny hint of vanilla and spice. The wine is medium to full-bodied with excellent concentration of fruit purity of this vintage, and fresh, balancing lemon acidity which lingers on the finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2009
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Nuits, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.4g/l
Residual Sugar 1.1g/l
Wine pH 3.37