One often hears and reads that 2005 is a vintage of the century. Indeed, the tremendous potential of wines from this magnificent year is already obvious. Not only is this a very great vintage, but the wines are also delicious young. However, wine lovers would be well-advised to hold off from drinking them straight away, and their patience will be richly rewarded.
The withe wines are fairly closed today (in 2007) and not very aromatic, but display ripe tannin and a beautiful mineral quality. It is suggested to age them as long as possible.
Grape variety: 100% Chardonnay on a 0.59 hectare plot
Very sunny vineyard, located half way up the slope, with perfect drainage. East-by-Southeast sun exposure.
Thin, stony, sodium-rich soil. White marl outcrops.
The grapes are handpicked into small crates and the whole bunches are then pressed in a pneumatic winepress. The juice was cold settled after pressing for 12-14 hours under temperature-controlled conditions. Alcoholic fermentation and ageing take place 100% in oak barrels with bâtonnage (lees stirring).
100% malolactic fermentation
Duration of ageing: 21 months
Tasted in April 2008
COLOUR: White gold with silver-grey highlights
BOUQUET: Great purity on the nose, with menthol and slightly toasty overtones
PALATE: Strong, refined and concentrated
Subtly spicy, with fresh, pure, straightforward fruit
Very long aftertaste
This wine can age for 15 years or more