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Xavier Bizot can make wine anywhere he pleases, he is a Bollinger and grew up amongst the Vignobles Superieurs of Champagne. Bizot has chosen to make wine alongside Brian Croser's family, from grapes harvested off three magnificent sites, on two paradoxically varied terrains. Planted to the salubrious Terra rosa soils atop an invaluable archeological dig at Wrattonbully, rich with the undisturbed fossils of ancient Cenozoic sea animals, Crayeres Vineyard was established right across the road from Tapanappa's illustrious Whalebone. The weather here is astonishingly similar to Bordeaux and makes an awesome Cabernet Franc. Xavier Bizot and Lucy Croser are also fortunate to take their pick of properties in Adelaide Hills. To wit, Charles (Chilly) Hargrave's distinguished old vines at Summerton and a highly opportune slice.. The twin tales of terre a terre»
There were two scrub covered parcels of land, just outside Pokolbin village along McDonalds Road, that local council had long set aside for use as cricket ground and cemetery. Both were ultimately auctioned off to the highest bidders and sown to vine. A third undeveloped site became the subject of a long running feud among the new and old neighbours. Dodgy invoices between the rivals were exchanged and the division of firewood became a further cause of contention. A truce was eventually called by the two protagonists, Brokenwood and Hungerford Hill, for the sake of healthy viticulture. The nascent blocks achieved international renown as the eminent Cricket Pitch and the Langtons Listed Graveyard Vineyard, establishing Brokenwood as one of the most cherished marques in Hunter Valley wine... Sociable soils make for healthy vine»
The mean gravelly soils and invigorating climes of Mount Barker of the Australian southwest, were identified during the 1960s by the world's leading viticulturalists, as a place uncannily similar to the great terroirs and clime of Bordeaux. The pioneering vines of Forest Hill were the first ever planted here, sired from rootstock of ancient Houghton clones, inaugurally vintaged by the illustrious Jack Mann in 1972. The Cabernet and Riesling of Forest Hill were promptly distinguished by multiple trophy victories and praised by gentleman James Halliday as the most remarkable wines to come out of the Australian west. Forest Hill have remained a source of the most profoundly structured, intensely focused, yet softly spoken range of wines. Powerful yet disciplined Cabernet, generously proportioned Malbec, august Chardonnay.. Softly spoken wonders from the west»

William Fevre Les Lys 1er Cru CONFIRM VINTAGE

Chardonnay Chablis France
The soils of Les Lys are a distinguished sub appellation within the greater Les Vaillons. Gently sloped soils which are higher in clay deposits than the surrounding terroirs of Chablis, yield a noticeably elegant style which appealed to French royalty. The exclusively hand picked fruit is treated to the traditional Burgundy style of barrel ferments in well seasoned oak, followed by a year or more maturation on fine lees. Her very fine perfumes and charming palate make Les Lys the perfect accompaniement to john dory fillets or dover sole.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$551.50
The vines of Les Lys are planted to a unique clay slope on ancient Kimmeridgian subsoils. Grapes are all picked by hand into small 13Kg cases followed by a closer scrutiny over the sorting table. Bunches are treated to a brief 1½ to 2 hours pneumatic pressing for gentle separation of gross solids. Juices are lightly settled for the retention of light solids, half the batches are filled to a selection of well seasoned oak barrels for a completely natural course of ferments and spontaneous malolactic. The balance is vinified in fermenters to retain freshness of fruit character and character of the vineyard. The finished wine is matured for a year or more, partly on fine lees to infuse textural complexity.
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