GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay.
This unusual rare and rather exotic white wine is full, rich and spicy, with broad fruit flavours and exceptional depth offset by notes of almonds, earth and gently toasted oak. It has the potential to age a minimum of 7 years.
VINEYARDS: The Beaune vineyards are the most extensive of the Côte de Beaune, between Savigny to the North, and Pommard to the South. There are no Grands Crus but there are 36 Premiers Crus vineyards in this commune. Les Grèves' is situated in the North between 'Les Toussaints', 'Les Bressandes' and 'Les Theurons'. In French, 'Grèves' means sandy, small stones, which describes the soil of these vineyards. Grèves is one of the few vineyards to yield a white equal in stature to its red. In the 1980s André Gagey acquired just under a hectare of Chardonnay vines of this celebrated parcel.
VINTAGE: It was a vintage born of a troubled growing season characterised by contrasting and unusual weather patterns. Winegrowers always have to keep a close eye on their vines, poised to treat when necessary; in 2012 they had to be guardian angels, ready at every moment to fight the fungal diseases, and defeat them… and save the crop.
WINEMAKING: This wine is fermented in wooden barrels like all the Louis Jadot white wines, and then aged in barrels for 14-18 months before bottling. It usually undergoes partial malolactic fermentation.