Saint Aubin, 1er Cru, Les Perrières Blanc, 2015

  A & P de Villaine

Contains Sulphites.

About A & P de Villaine

The 26ha of Domaine de Villaine are centred in Bouzeron an area first planted to the vine by the monks of Cluny in the middle ages, situated just south of the Cote d’Or and north of Rully. Here the poor soils and limestone-rich slopes are reserved for Bouzeron’s speciality, Aligote. The impeccable terroir here shows that given a chance to shine, this is a grape variety that can produce wonderfully characterful, harmonious wines. The Domaine is run by Pierre de Benoist who is the nephew of the Domaine’s founder, Aubert de Villaine, and is fiercely committed to producing wines of outstanding quality in as environmentally friendly a way as possible. The Estate has been certified organic since 1986 and Pierre has been making bio-dynamic trials. Yields are low, up to 20% less than the maximum allowed for AOC rules, and picking is by hand at optimal maturity. The heart of the estate lies in the oft-forgotten Aligoté grape. In Bouzeron the Aligotée Doré grape takes centre stage, a variety that is lower-cropping than its more widely-planted cousin Aligoté vert. At Domaine de Villaine it takes pride of place, reserved for the best vineyard sites the prime, steep limestone-rich slopes, and here it shows just how striking the wines can be.

Appellation: St-Aubin

A village in the Côte de Beaune tucked around the corner of the main Côte west of Chassagne. The appellation borders both Chassagne and Puligny, producing two-thirds red wine however the whites, though a little scarcer, are as highly thought of if not more so. A high proportion, two-thirds, of the vineyard area is designated premier cru, the most famous being En Remilly and Les Murgers Dents de Chien, these form part of a band of south west-facing vineyards between the borders of Chassagne, Pulginy and the hamlet of Gamay (which is also part of the St Aubin appellation.) The rest of the vineyards are south south east facing but are further up the valley where it is cooler. The reds are light but in good vintages offers lots of very seductive, pretty fruit, soft tannins and can be excellent value for money. The whites are described as bit like baby Chassagnes, they are medium bodied not as cmplex but offer an abundance of racy fruit, these can certainly be some of the best value whites in Burgundy.

Grape Type: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most widely-grown and versatile of all white grape varieties. As a relatively neutral grape, it offers a near transparent map of winemaking style, climate and terroir. It is the ideal grape variety for Burgundy, where it serves to mirror the complex nuances of the myriad of terroirs found in this hallowed land. Chardonnay produces a variety of wines from the minerally and unoaked styles found in Chablis, the fatter nuttier examples in Meursault, to the tropical fruit-driven versions found in the New World. It is also the major grape variety in Champagne, where it produces lively floral wines, namely in the Côte de Blancs. It can be found throughout Europe and the New World thanks to its versatility. As a non-aromatic variety, it has an affinity with oak, whether new or used, French or American.