2009 Michel Gahier Chardonnay "La Fauquette" Arbois Blanc

SKU #1142638

This cuvée, from a single vineyard in Montigny, is aged for one year in large foudres at which point it is then racked into smaller barrel for an additional three years "sous voile." Called Chardonnay, the vines are of the local variety known as "Melon Queue Rouge,, a white grape the skin color of which bleeds towards red as it approaches the stem. According to Wine Advocate, the 2008 vintage was allowed to evolve under a veil of flor, and was "strikingly brine-like and saliva-inducing in its salinity and alkalinity; artichoke-like in its subtly bitter and nutty herbal aspects....Sleek and refined in texture as well as refreshing and invigorating, this demonstrates how vivaciously interactive a wine of sous voile character can be. These old vines, incidentally, are the source for any recent replacements that Gahier has made in his other Chardonnay vineyards." (6/2012)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

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Savoie/Jura

Alcohol Content (%): 12.5