2020 St Romain, Sous la Velle, Caroline Lestimé, Burgundy

2020 St Romain, Sous la Velle, Caroline Lestimé, Burgundy

Product: 20208149206
Prices start from £40.40 per bottle (75cl). Buying options
2020 St Romain, Sous la Velle, Caroline Lestimé, Burgundy

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The price of the 75cl bottle, reduced from £50.50 previously, includes a 20% discount. This offer does not apply to BBX listings.

New this year, this is from certified-organic grapes, purchased from an impeccable source in St Romain. The vines are old, facing east on a steep slope. There’s a pleasing mix of ripeness and freshness: stone-fruit but with tangy citrus touches and sizzling acidity. Fermentation and élevage in used barrels add a little toast while preserving fruit purity. Drink 2023-2030.

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About this WINE

Domaine Jean-Noel Gagnard

Domaine Jean-Noel Gagnard

Caroline Lestimé took over from her father, Jean-Noël, in 1989, though Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard still retains his name. The estate’s modern reputation has very much been built by Caroline, who has made it her responsibility to develop the many expressions of Chassagne Montrachet terroirs across her range.

About Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard
There are 12 different Premiers Crus to choose from; some now carry their own identity, having previously been offered under the larger Morgeot appellation. She has bought more land in Chassagne when available and affordable, and there’s a very well-situated white wine vineyard in the Hautes-Côtes, sold under the L’Estimée brand. Some very attractive reds from Chassagne round off the range.

In the vineyard
The vineyards are all organic, now certified; Caroline plans to put that status on her labels from the 2019 vintage.

In the winery
A little perspective is always an asset with Caroline’s wines: it’s not her style to manipulate or force, and any perception of dumbness is always mitigated once in bottle. Caroline is always very attuned to her wines’ progress during élevage.

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St Romain

St Romain

Until 1947 St Romain was part of the Hautes Côtes de Beaune, the vineyards being set back from the main Côte and mostly at higher elevation (around 300 to 400 metres above sea-level). But there is enough class in the mineral white wines (which make up two-thirds of production), and charm in the lightish reds in a warm year that the village is worthy of its own appellation, covering just 98 hectares. The best wines offer remarkable value.
Recommended producer: Alain Gras

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is often seen as the king 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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