Girardin Santenay Blanc Clos de Tavannes 2012
100% Chardonnay | The 55 year old vines of Chardonnay are located in the Santenay Village area, in the south of the Côte de Beaune. The "Clos de Tavannes” vineyard is just near the famous 1er Cru Les Gravières and on the boarder with the village of Chassagne. While predominantly clay and limestone, the subsoil is composed of different limestone layers (pebbles, marly soils). The slope is quite strong.
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 (15% of new oak) of 500 liters named "demi-muids”. The primary and malolactic fermentations can then begin with wild yeasts. The ageing is long on fine lies during 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 on freshness and minerality).
Dry and full-bodied, this is a fleshy white wine with notes of dried and preserved fruits and
honey combined with a nice acidity level which brings a nice balance and a good mineral length.
Wine notes from Vincent Girardin
Fish, shellfish or creamy white meat or for and aperitif