Vincent Girardin Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien 2017
Great value for a white from the Côte de Beaune, from the master of finesse, Vincent Girardin.
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A creamy, floral nose. A wine with plenty of minerality and freshness, well-integrated acidity and a long aftertaste. A rich wine that pairs well with fish, shellfish or white meat in a creamy sauce.
GEOLOGY The vineyard is located near the Saint Aubin village and at the top of the Chevalier Montrachet and Le Montrachet Grands Crus vineyard, in the south of the Côte de Beaune. Soil : Limestone and a little clay. The subsoil is composed of different limestone layers (pebbles, marly soils). Medium steep slope. 100% Chardonnay - Guyot pruning with various optimisations in the vineyard (pruning, trellising on wires/tying-in, thinning fruit-bunches). VINIFICATION The grapes are harvested by hand and sorted out when picking the grapes. The grapes are wholly pressed in a pneumatic press at a low pressure to get a slow extraction. After a cold settling and gentle racking of the must, the wine is put in French oak casks (20% of new oak). The primary and malolactic fermentations can then begin with wild yeasts. AGEING The ageing is long on fine lees for 14 months. A month before the bottling, the wine from the different barrels is put in a stainless steel tank to make the blend. The wine is finally fined and gently filtered before bottling it following the lunar calendar ("fruit” day) to get a wine with freshness and minerality.