Marsannay Blanc

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

A recent appellation, established in 1988, Marsannay is situated at the northern-most point of the Côte de Nuits, with 147 hectares of red and 27 hectares of white grapes planted. The vineyards are in clay-limestone soil dating back to the Middle Jurassic period. Located in the southern part of the appellation, the vineyard's eastern exposure along with its small limestone pebbles and numerous faults allow for the production of elegant, pure wines. The 50-year-old vines are planted at an altitude of 230 metres above sea level and yields are low, with just over 3,300 bottles being made.

Vintage Information

The 2014 vintage was very promising and produced good yields. A hot and dry spring gave the false impression that this harvest would be an early one. Unfortunately what followed was a rainy, cold summer which meant that the head-start gained during spring was soon lost. However, maturation began to gather pace at the end of August and the warm weather in September allowed the grapes to ripen perfectly and the harvest began in mid-September. After strict sorting, both in the vineyards and at the winery, the grapes brought into the wineries were ripe, healthy and aromatic.

Vinification

The grapes were hand picked and sorted into small, perforated boxes, then pressed over two and a half hours straight into cask, with no settling to preserve maximum lees, for a very long fermentation (up to 10 months) using indigenous yeasts. The wines were aged in less than 25% new oak barrels for 19 months, with no racking or stirring of the lees to retain the mineral character in the wine. The wine was lightly filtered and bentonite fined before being bottled using gravity.

Tasting Notes

Pale gold in colour. Fine floral and citrus aromas open up in the glass. The palate has exceptional length for this level of appellation, the wine being full-bodied with lovely purity.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Nuits, Burgundy
Winemaker Gregory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Residual Sugar 0.5g/l
Wine pH 3.17