Sufficiently taut and boasting a minerality without being aggressive or austere. In fact this is all about elegance. Chic and silky this offers fine-tuned flavours. The fruit crisp and clear with a faint hint of citrus flower. Such wonderful lightness of touch. Only 20% of this is aged in new oak and the barrels are a mixture of barriques and larger demi muid barrels so that oak does not influence the flavour profile of the wine too much.
Etienne is one of Burgundy's great purists, his long-lived wines may need time but they are some of the most honest and terroir-driven wines in Burgundy. The wines are fermented using all or partial whole bunch vinification depending on the vintage, élévage is long and slow in their cold cellars and percentages of new oak are low, rarely more than 50% even for Malconsorts. From some of the most vivid, intense Beaune's there are to perfumed, stylish Volnays and silky Vosnes Romanee, Etienne makes a borad range of some of Burgundy's most polished wines. The Domaine's policy on white wines is to pick as early as possible, as soon as the fruit has just approached ripeness, resulting in tense, fine wines with alcohols rarely more than 13%