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Rodolphe Demougeot 2017 "Clos Saint-Désiré" Beaune Blanc, Burgundy, France

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Rodolphe Demougeot 2017 "Clos Saint-Désiré" Beaune Blanc, Burgundy, France

Winemaker: Rodolphe Demougeot

Variety: Chardonnay

Farming: Biodynamic

Terroir: Composed of relatively equal proportions of clay, sand, rock and silt on top of the limestone marl bedrock, Clos Saint-Désiré is grown high up on the slope of Beaune just above the famous red 1er Cru Le Clos des Mouches. Here the soil is surprisingly deep for this higher altitude site at nearing the apex of the Montagne Saint-Désiré. The wine is replete with solid mineral intensity and a surprisingly more full-body due to the combination of deep topsoil mixed with a high proportion of limestone rocks

Vinification: Rodolphe’s Chardonnays are whole-cluster pressed and undergo a natural fermentation without battonage (lees stirring). Sulfites are added for the first and only time at bottling. Aged in 90% old 228l and 350l oak barrels for one year, then racked into stainless steel tank for five to six months before bottling in the spring. It is not fined but it is lightly filtered. The first addition of sulfites is made before the bottling.

The path to Rodolphe Demougeot’s current level of quality took a while after he took over the family Domaine in 1992. Since then, he’s amassed eight hectares of vines in the Côte de Beaune and year by year upped the ante on his attention to detail in the cellar and vineyard, raising his own personal bar and capturing the attention of his illustrious neighbors with more enviable vineyard stables in Meursault and Pommard. Since the mid 2000s, synthetic treatments of herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers were systematically abandoned one step at a time until themid-2000s were all gone from his land before the turn of the decade. The moon is his compass for the timing of processes during growing, farming, picking, racking and bottling.

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