Domaine des Terres Dorées - Beaujolais Blanc 'Classic' 2018
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Wow. It's not often we say that for a bottle of Beaujolais Blanc. Well, let's be honest—it's not often we even see a bottle of Beaujolais Blanc out in the wild.
This is 100% Chardonnay from Brun's home estate in Charnay in southern Beaujolais, and under AOC laws it could actually be labelled Bourgogne Blanc. But Brun wanted to show what whites from Beaujolais could be like, so we get a statement like this. Something that's so incredible for the price and terroir, that it makes it say "wow".
It's bottled without any oak, yet shows richness with a fresh vein of minerality. Has notes of green apples, with a touch of honey and white flowers.
Annual Production: N/A
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Terroir: Sandy, limestone-rich clay
Winemaking : Malolactic fermentation, lees stirred periodically, aged in steel and concrete tank until bottling in the spring
Drinking Window: 2019-2023
91 Points, JamesSuckling.com
"A very attractive, lighter Chardonnay with no perceptible oak and a lot of white tree-fruit on the nose. The palate is fairly sleek and very pristine with oyster-shell character that adds a lot of interest at the lively and elegant finish." - James Suckling
Jean-Paul Brun is a tall, imposing, yet whisper-quiet man who lives in a rural, cobblestone medieval village just Northwest of Lyon, within southern Burgundy. The village, Charnay, sits dead center in the so called “Terres Dorées,” an area named after the golden calcareous stones lining its rolling hillside vineyards.
Brun has built a devoted and passionate following for his wines by sidestepping the Beaujolais trend of producing soft, carbonic-macerated, whole-berry “Beaujolais style” reds. Instead, he pursues a Burgundian approach by ruthlessly hand sorting and destemming all fruit at harvest. His wines are often aged (and sometimes fermented) in neutral Burgundian oak barrels.