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2013 Beaune Montee Rouge Chardonnay, Domaine Moissenet-Bonnard

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Producer: Domaine Moissenet-Bonnard

Wine: 2013 Beaune "Montee Rouge"

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay

Nose: Beaune is full of delicacy, with a floral nose (white flowers, acacia, honeysuckle), notes of fresh almonds and slightly spicy (cinnamon) accents.

Palate: Dry, low acidity, low-medium tannins.  A little more masculine than the nose and more classically Beaune.  Alluring, silky and very delicate on the palate, with aromas of vineyard peaches.

Food: Perfect with scallop and gamba lasagna, leek fondue, salmon tartare with citrus confit, langoustine carpaccio. Delicious with cheeses such as Tomme de Brebis, Mont d’Or, Rocamadour, Chevrotin, Mâconnais.  Dessert: cheesecake with chestnut cream and goat's milk, fromage frais or chocolate mousse in a glass.

Cellaring: Drink now or hold until 2021

Domaine Moissenet-Bonnard, Pommard - Burgundy

Domaine Moissenet-Bonnard

Domaine Moissenet-Bonnard has been in the family for eight generations and was taken over by Jean-Louis Moissenet in 1987. In 2005, he extended the wine-growing estate to the Meursault and Auxey-Duresses appellations. The estate produces nine red wines, four white wines and a Crémant de Bourgogne. The vines are protected from pests and fungal diseases without the use of herbicides or pesticides, and are ploughed in order to obtain healthy vines that dig deep to extract the riches of the soil.

The estate went HVE (Environmentally High Value) in 2014. This certification valid for three years guarantees the methods practiced on the domaine follow strict guidelines for an environmentally friendly approach to viticulture. Focus is on biodiversity, strategic use of non-synthetic products and fertilizers as well as proper usage of water and protection of the water source. The grapes are hand picked, hand sorted, hand selected and then gently pressed pneumatically.

Beaune "Montee Rouge" Chardonnay

This 35-year-old plot, of 50 are 90 ca (about 1.9991 acres), faces east on a soil of "grèzes litées" (stratified scree). It has a steep slope (you quickly get red climbing it!). It is partially terraced for better exposure to sunlight, and is worked entirely by hand by Emmanuelle-Sophie.

The ground is covered with grass to prevent erosion, encourage flora and promote mycorrhization. A portion of the plot (38 ares, about 0.9390 acres) is planted with the Chardonnay varietal.

Grapes are picked entirely by hand, destemmed and then gently pressed with our pneumatic press to obtain a pure juice. The alcoholic vinification is started in vats and is then finished in barrels, 30% of which are new.