Appellation: Beaune Premier Cru
Cuvée: Les Grèves
Colour: White
Grapes: Chardonnay
About: Only 1% of Beaune Premier Cru Les Grèves is white so this makes it very special. There are only five producers left of Les Grèves white. The producer’s home base is in Chassagne and he gives every bit as much care to this tiny parcel of 50 year old vines.

Vines

Location: Les Grèves right in the middle of the slope next to Bouchard Père et Fils’s monopole “Les Vignes d’Enfant Jesus”, a filet mignon of vines next to Montille and Lafage. Perfect sun exposition and drainage.
Size: a few rows
Age: planted in 1970
Soils: limestone, pure
Exposition: gentle slope facing south
Altitude: 100m
Training: on wire
Farming philosophy: organic but not certified, by hand
Average yield hl/ha: 40
Climate: continental and variable, increasingly hot summers

Winemaking

The grapes were hand-picked, then chilled overnight before being foot-crushed the next morning and slowly pressed over six hours. The juice was oxidised and racked into two 300L barrels along with all its bourbe (grape-solids from the press, full of nutrients and flavour/ texture pre-cursors) for fermentation by indigenous yeasts. Aged on full lies, without stirring or Spring racking, for fourteen months before another three months in tank. Unfined, lightly filtered and bottled under DIAM 10 “cork”.

Vintage Notes 2020
A warm year, but unlike 2019 when it was very hot at harvest so was hard to get the results wanted, 2020 was much fresher at harvest, which gives width as well as weight. Great for reds, spectacular for whites, as good as 2014.
Date harvested: 21st August
Yield hl/ha: 50 hl/hA
Organic, not certified
Date bottled: 15th February 2022
Bottles produced: 1930
Alcohol %: 12
SO2 Total mg/L: 35
Tasting: very subtle, but dense and broad, toasty, mineral, peppery, peach, herb, complex, med bodied, super fine, classic w burgundy, lots of umami coming later