AGE OF THE VINE
70 years old
The vines are from the village of Aloxe-Corton, northern Côte de Beaune. Soil: hard limestone and marl, South-East exposure. 100% Chardonnay – Guyot pruning with different seasonal processes in the vineyard (pruning, trellising on wires/tying-in, thinning fruit-bunches).
The grapes are harvested by hand and sorted when picking the grapes. They are lightly pressed then in a pneumatic press at a low pressure to get a slow extraction. After a gentle racking of the must, the wine is put in French oak casks of 228 liters (30% of new oak) for both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation with wild yeasts for 18 months.
Ageing on fine lies. 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 lightly filtered before bottling it according to the lunar calendar („root” day for the wines for ageing).
A powerful and mineral wine. The situation of the plot in altitude and composition (hard limestone) gives this wine a refreshing minerality and a unique, hence the name „Quintessence”