Rodolphe Demougeot 2018 Bourgogne Blanc, Burgundy, France
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 the 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 they 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.
The fermentations of Rodolphe's reds are made without stems and last two to three weeks depending on the vintage. Once pressed and put into barrel the wines aren’t moved until bottling, and minimal sulphites are added just prior to bottling. His wines see minimal new oak usage, with single vineyards experiencing about 70% used oak.
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