Steel Chardonnay 2018

Region: France / Burgundy
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay

This unoaked Chardonnay combines the minerality of the Mâconnais with the body and flavor of the Cote d’Or. The vineyard soils contain a high percentage of chalk and limestone, which imparts firm mineral nuances. Steel Chardonnay is vinified with no oak and malolactic fermentation instead being aged in stainless steel tanks to retain the elegant aromas and clean, fresh character that the Burgundy region is prized for.

89 Points

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2018 vintage
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harvest note

The end of the growing cycle took place during the very hot, dry conditions that prevailed during the month of August. July had seen a few thundery rainstorms here and there, but these were very localized events. Overall, levels of summer rainfall was notably low in Beaujolais, the Maconnais and Chablis. Ripening, therefore, advanced slowly – by the end of August, the berries were still fairly firm, with thick skins. Some of the younger plants and those vines with inadequate hydric reserves suffered from a lack of water, but the main vineyards coped well with the dry conditions as these conditions had prevailed for several weeks already and the vines had learned to adapt to them. During the visits to the vineyards at the end of August, the grapes were in more or less perfect health, and that a generous harvest was promised.

tasting note

This wine shows high-toned aromas of citrus, mandarin orange, white flower, pear and apple, with flinty minerality. Surprisingly concentrated and balanced for such a young wine, the flavors on the palate are at once delicate, powerful and rich.

food pairing

Poultry, shellfish, sushi, grilled tuna or swordfish, and salads.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Burgundy
PH: 3.34
ACIDITY: 3.67 g/l
ABV: 12.66%
AGING: Stainless steel tank

points of distinction

  • Minerality of the Mâconnais and the body and flavor of the Cote d’Or
  • Fresh, light, crisp and refreshing
  • Vinified without oak to retain the wine’s elegant aromas and clean, fresh character
  • about the grape +
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“My aim is to craft enchanting wines that taste of the great diversity of Burgundy.”

– Frederic Barnier, Winemaker

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