Jean-Claude Boisset Les Ursulines Chardonnay 2016 (1 x75cl)
The 2014 vintage was awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2016 edition review of Bourgogne Blanc (see blue link below).
Boisset Les Ursulines Blanc 2014 - Dec 2016 Decanter review
Jean-Claude Boisset was radically transformed with 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.
The wine was made from selected parcels from the Côte de Beaune, in fact most of it is 'declassified' Rully, which gave a richness and structure to the wine. This is quite rare as most negociants source their 'Bourgogne Blanc' from the cheaper Macônnais area. 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 focuses particularly on soil management in order to increase microbiological activity and thus soil and vine health.
The whole bunches of grapes were pressed very gently for two and a half hours. The must was dropped to 12°C before being transferred to barrels, without settling, to conserve as much of the lees as possible. A very long fermentation followed using natural yeasts. The wine aged for 14 months without racking, or lees stirring, to accentuate its mineral qualities. 10% new French oak barrels were used to impart subtle complexity and a smooth finish. Again, it is quite rare for a 'Bourgogne Blanc' to be 100% aged in oak. Bottling took place using gravity after fining with bentonite and a very light filtration.
A fresh bouquet with notes of acacia, honey and yellow fruits. The palate is very well balanced, with good acidity and a silky texture.
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