Maison Pascal Clément 2019 'La Crée' Rully, Côte Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
Pascal Clément was born in the village of Savigny-les-Beaune to a family of growers, where his father founded the Maison in 1950. After over 20 years as a grower and winemaker in the region – including his time at legendary Domaine Coche-Dury in Meursault - he launched his own micro-négoçiant project in 2012.
Pascal’s winemaking philosophy is very non-interventional. All the wines are fermented with native yeasts and undergo malolactic naturally (depending on vintage).
Winemakers: Pascal Clément
Grape Varieties: Chardonnay
Terroir: The village of Rully is located in the Côte Chalonnaise (Saône et Loire), just south of the Côte de Beaune. There are 23 classified Premier Cru vineyards and an additional 30 Lieux-dits (named vineyards), including La Crée. It is a gentle slope in the middle of the Appellation facing South East on a brown clay soil, which is distinguished by its marked stonyness. Because it is stonier, wines from La Crée tend to be more mineral driven then some of the neighboring vineyards.
Vinification: Pascal’s winemaking philosophy is very non-interventional. All the wines are fermented with native yeasts and undergo malolactic naturally. The wines rest in barrel with no lees stirring/ bâtonnage.
Aging: 11 months aging in French oak puncheon.
Tasting notes: Golden with green highlights, becoming a deeper buttercup yellow with age, it distinguishes itself with aromas of “hedgerow flowers” such as acacia, hawthorn, honeysuckle, very fine elderberry, or violet, lemon, white peach or flint. With time, it develops notes of honey, quince, dried fruits. To the palate, it is fruity, a lively, rounded, rich and lingering fruitiness: all the freshness and smoothness of marble.