Outstanding Chardonnay. Subtly fruity, savoury and intense from a great organic producer.
Winemakers Tomoko Kuriyama and Guillaume Bott met working at the fabulous Domaine Simon Bize, and now produce an outstanding negociant range from vineyards around Burgundy. The Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay is a glorious drink. It's curvaceous, honeyed and toasty in style yet framed by a fine edge of minerality. It's brilliant drinking.
Region/Country: Burgundy, France
Production Method: Sustainable. Classic Burgundian, some barrel fermentation and maturation.
Style: Crisp and racy with citrus and stone fruit character
Pairing Suggestion: White meats, seafood, salads
Profile: Commonly referred to as the winemakers grape owing to both its versatility and ease of manipulation in the winery. Chardonnay will range widely in character depending on its region of origin as well as winemaking style. One the lighter end of the spectrum, generally from cooler regions, it will display crisp, somewhat tart acidity alongside citrus and orchard fruit character and mineral texture. Moving to warmer climates gradually produces a more ripe stone and tropical fruit character. Winemaking, particularly the use of oak and batonnage (lees stirring) produces a richer, creamier texture and flavours of toast, butter and vanilla spice.
Classic Regions: Chablis, Cote d'Or, Maconnais, Champagne (France), Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Margaret River (Australia), Canterbury (New Zealand), Walker Bay (South Africa)
Chanterêves is a husband and a wife team launched in 2010 by two oenologists, Tomoko Kuriyama and Guillaume Bott. The couple buys small quantities of organic grapes from various vineyards in Burgundy (and other appellations). They employ a high percentage of whole cluster fermentation and a very low dose of SO₂. These are wines full of energy but very much in the “natural wine” aesthetic