France / Burgundy
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.
Winter 2019-20 was, once again, extremely mild. Full flowering took place towards the end of May and the beginning of June, and the berries swelled rapidly despite the general lack of rainfall. The vines were able to get sufficient water from the reserves laid down in the soil during the winter months. The grapes were very healthy, and had to finish ripening without further rainfall. Harvesting started on August 19. In terms of yields the whites were a little bit more generous than the reds, even given that the grapes gave slight more juice than usual.
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
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
ACIDITY: 3.62 g/l
Unique Selling Points
- Unoaked Chardonnay with the minerality of the Maconnais 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.
“My aim is to craft enchanting wines that taste of the great diversity of Burgundy.”
Frederic Barnier, Winemaker