Vallet Frères Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru ‘Les Morgeots’

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In the southern Côtes de Beaune, the climat of Morgeots lies in the south east of the appellation of Chassagne-Montrachet. This broad hillside of diverse soils produces wines described revered as the worlds best dry white wines. Vallet-Frères are one of a handful of producers in the area who continue to use ultra-traditional winemaking techniques. Grapes are selected from vines of a minimum 15 years of age. After grapes are pressed, the juice is decanted then fermented in open wooden casks using only natural yeasts and no temperature control. The white wines are left on their lees for an extended period and put into French oak barrels, where they mature for a minimum of two years with racking off two or three times a year (to gently remove natural deposits). They don't have a fancy bottling line here - usually a pipe is inserted into each barrel which is joined to four taps, and the wine flows by gravity straight from barrel into the bottles without any filtration and just a candle to check that it's clear!

Tasting notes

Lovely golden in colour with slight caramel on the nose following through with honey and hazelnuts on the palate.

Food match

Perfect with poussin or guinea fowl cooked in saffron, herbs and olive oil; or a lobster thermidor.

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