About this WINE
Domaine Darviot - Perrin
The domaine was created by Didier Darviot in 1989 with his wife Geneviève, née Perrin, whose family is the source of many of the vineyards. This is a meticulous producer with fine, pure, precisely focussed wines of both colours.
Though based in Monthélie, the core of the domaine rotates around holdings in Meursault, including 1ers crus Charmes, Genevrières and Perrières, Chassagne-Montrachet including 1ers crus Blanchots-Dessus (white) and Bondues (red) and Volnay, including 1ers crus La Gigotte and Santenots,. There is also a very good village bottling of Volnay Les Blanches.
Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.
Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.
Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.
It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.
Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.