Bourgogne Chardonnay `Les Ursulines`

Côte de Beaune

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 wine was made from selected parcels from the Côte de Beaune (50%), which gave a richness and structure to the wine, and from the Mâconnais, providing a fresh mineral character. 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.

Vintage Information

Severe frost on 20th December damaged the vines, and a slow flowering resulted in further loss of yield. The summer was not very hot, but fortunately, sun at the beginning of September along with low yields ensured optimum ripening. The window for harvesting was small because the weather worsened toward the end of September. Picking began on the 20th in the Côte de Beaune and on the 25th in the Côte de Nuits. A small harvest of great quality.

Vinification

The whole bunches of grapes were pressed very gently for two and a half hours. The must was dropped to 12°C before being transferring to barrels, without settling to conserve as much of the lees as possible. A long fermentation followed using natural yeasts. The wine aged for ten months without racking, and with no lees stirring to accentuate the wine's mineral qualities. 10% new French oak barrels were used to impart subtle complexity and a smooth finish. Bottling took place in July 2011 using gravity after fining with bentonite and a very light filtration.

Tasting Notes

Pale yellow colour. A fresh, lively nose, with notes of citrus and a touch of elegant oak. The wine is well balanced with good acidity, medium to full body and long, mineral finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 6g/l
Residual Sugar 1.1g/l
Wine pH 3.26