Chardonnay Montrachet France
Puligny Montrachet is a small village on Burgundy's salubrious Côtes de Beaune. Within the defined environs of Puligny's auspicious vineyards are seventeen elite climats classified as Premier Cru. Les Referts is a four hectare site in Puligny that sits lower down the slopes. Soils here are quite rich in ochre clays and limestone, imparting exquisite butter and honey characters into the wines.
Grapes are picked off vines age forty five years of age grown to a ¾ hectare allotment. The berries are hand sorted to remove grey rot but and cull any under ripe fruit before passing through a pneumatic press and cold settling at 10C to 12C for up to twenty four hours. The musts are vinified at 18C to 22C for three to six weeks in a selection of new and seasoned Troncais and Allier French oak barriques. The wines complete their malolactic and remain in barrel for eleven months through a course of battonage on gross lees before assemblage and transfer to tank for a further term of six months elevage on fine lees. The finished wine is given a light fining and filtration, followed by a final pass through a membrane filter.
Light golden hue. Delicate aromas of white flower, dried citrus and hazelnuts. A silken textured palate with apple, butterscotch and floral notes, petit fours and brioche from time spent on lees. A memorable finish with hints of marmalade and fine oak.