2017 Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Blanc, Bellis, Domaine Naudin Ferrand

2017 Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Blanc, Bellis, Domaine Naudin Ferrand

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2017 Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Blanc, Bellis, Domaine Naudin Ferrand

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All of Claire Naudin’s low-sulphur wines are named after flowers commonly found in the vineyards. Each individual wine is named after the flower that most closely matches its character. Bellis perennis is the scientific name for the daisy; this is as fresh as its namesake. The vineyards for this wine are in cool, limestone-rich sites in Pernand-Vergelesses and Claire’s home village of Magny-lès-Villers. The nose has notes of peach, honeycomb, toast and a touch of spicy oak. The palate continues the stone-fruit theme, with citrus behind. The finish is crisp, cleansing and long. This is a beautifully pristine white Burgundy made in the natural style. Drink now to 2026.

Adam Bruntlett, Senior Wine Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (May 2021)

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Domaine Naudin-Ferrand

Domaine Naudin-Ferrand

Claire Naudin, one of Henri Naudin-Ferrand’s three daughters, has been in charge of this small domaine based in the Hautes Côtes at Magny-les-Villers, a village that sits astride the dividing line between Hautes Côtes de Beaune and Hautes Côtes de Nuits, since 1994.

Claire is relatively susceptible to sulphur and uses the product as little as possible.  Though some of the wines are made in an ‘orthodox fashion, the most exciting wines are those which are vinified with whole bunches (all the stems) and without sulphur, though some SO2 is added at bottling to ensure that the wines remain stable thereafter.

Claire’s theory, which her wines bear out admirably, is that there is none of the harshness sometimes evident when the bunches are vinified with their stems if sulphur is not used. Instead a magical floral perfume emanates from the wine.

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

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.

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