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2014 Domaine Dublere Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers 750ml

2014 Domaine Dublere Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers

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Producer note: Blair Pethel was much more upbeat about 2014 growing season than he was in 2013 explaining that "despite the fact that we did have some hail damage yet again, at least Savigny wasn't directly in the eye of the storm! There were some challenges as my Volnay vines got hit pretty hard on June 28th but all and all, things worked out pretty well. I waited until the 20th of September to begin picking and the new sorting machine that I bought after all the sorting that was required in 2013 really helped. It was all the more helpful because we picked everything in only 8 days under perfect conditions so if the sorting process hadn't been equally efficient it would rapidly have become the bottleneck to finishing in the vines quickly. I did my usual vinification as there was no reason not to. One important change that I made in 2013 was to use no new oak for any wine, red or white and I liked the results so much that I did the same for my 2014s. As to the wines, they are the best whites that I have made since 2007 as a cool August saved the acidity. Thus you have ripe aromas with good flesh to the mid-palate allied with refreshing acidity. I really quite like them"

Tasting note: A wonderfully fresh and again highly expressive nose offers up notes of green apple, citrus and soft floral scents. The mouth feel of the middle weight flavors is finer than that of the Chenevottes while offering a bit more overall complexity as well on the lingering and balanced finale. This is a relatively refined Vergers that should be capable of rewarding up to a decade of cellaring.

90-92 Points - Burghound

Producer: Domaine Dublère
Website: www.domaine-dublere.com


Price: $79.99

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Varietal: Chardonnay
Its adaptability to different soils and climates, and malleability in the wine room make Chardonnay one of the most popular and ubiquitous grapes. Responsible for some of the world’s most thrilling white wines wines including Champagne, it is in its homeland of Burgundy with villages such as Chablis, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet that producers craft arguably some of the world’s finest wines. Chardonnay is also synonymous with California, where it can display riper, tropical fruit flavors, rather than the more restrained stone fruit and steely, mineral qualities often associated with its Old World and cool climate counterparts. While there are terrific fresh and vibrant Chardonnays made solely using stainless steel, the grape also knits terrifically well with oak, lending greater depth and weight in the form of a nutty, toasty and somtimes buttery component.

Country: France
A country viewed by many as the home of fine wine, it is almost unique in terms of how embedded food and wine is in the nations culture. Given the diverse geography, with so much of the country providing the climate and soil suitable for viticulture, it is no surprise that its produces such an extensive and varied selection of wines. It is the country from where the vast majority of the New World's most popular "international" grapes and stylistic influences originate. While there might seem to be an alarming disparity between the most sought after wines (were a case might set you back as much as a deposit on a small house) and the millions of gallons of vin de table filling up the European wine lake every year, there is so much great value to be found between the two extremes. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and the Rhone may still dominate the market for fine wine, but regions including the Loire, Alsace, Languedoc & Roussillon and the South West are increasingly becoming excellent sources of good quality, affordable wines.

Region: Burgundy
Two hundred miles south east of Paris lies the famous and historic wine region, known in French as Bourgogne. The Cote d'Or, the heartland of the region, consists of two distinct sub-regions split on either side of the town of Beaune.The Côte de Nuits to the north, includes the famous villages of Vosne-Romanee, Gevrey-Chambertin, and Nuits-Saint-Georges and are known primarily for making red wine from Pinot Noir.Although The Côte de Beaune to the south still makes some magnificent reds (see Volnay and Pommard), white wine made from Chardonnay is the main focus. The most famous villages are Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. Burgundy has three other important regions. The village of Chablis (exclusively Chardonnay) encompassing the region's most northerly vineyards. The Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais to south are quantitatively speaking more important. Agriculture is more diverse with a significant portion of the land devoted to livestock and arable farming.

Sub-Region: Chassagne-Montrachet
Chassagne is the most southerly of the famous trio of great white wine communes (below Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet) in the Cote de Beaune district of Burgundy. Historically Pinot Noir was the predominant variety in the vineyards, however simple economics has dictated that with a premium paid for white Chassagne, it is Chardonnay that is grown. Given the consistent excellence of the villages white wine this change is not without its merit . Straddling the Puligny-Chassagne village boundary at the north are two of the world's most famous vineyards, Le Montrachet and Batard-Montrachet. In addition the village also has the whole of Les Croits, an extension of the grand cru Batard-Montrachet vineyard. With 370 hectares under vines it is one of the largest villages in the Cote d'Or and has a record 51 premier cru vineyards. And while premier crus such as Les Chenevottes and Clos-Saint-Jean located close to the grand crus perform exceptionally well, the more southerly vineyards - la Maltroie and Morgeot - do not dissapoint. The village's wines are similar to Puligny, perhaps less minerally angular but nevertheless full and firm and more perceptable acidity than Meursault.

Type: White
White wine is a wine whose color can be pale-yellow, yellow-green, and yellow-gold colored. The wine is produced from a variety of grape varieties. The flavor and color comes from the juice of the grape and sometimes the skin of the grape as well. Interestingly, not all white wine comes from white grapes. Some select red grapes are used as in Champagne.