Domaine Henri Clerc Bourgogne Blanc Les Riaux 2012

Chardonnay | France
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This wine offers all the characteristics that have made the Clerc white Burgundies so widely appreciated: generous fruit and texture, pure green apple, pear and tropical fruit flavors, and a... Read more
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Country France
Region Burgundy
Type White Wine
Varietal Chardonnay

This wine offers all the characteristics that have made the Clerc white Burgundies so widely appreciated: generous fruit and texture, pure green apple, pear and tropical fruit flavors, and a long, fresh finish. The Clerc Bourgogne Blanc Les Riaux represents outstanding value and is a fine introduction to the house style.

100% Chardonnay. The Henri Clerc Bourgogne Blanc "Les Riaux" is about as good as generic white Burgundy gets. The fruit comes from a site called "Les Riaux" which is situated just below the Puligny AOC vineyard, between the village and the Route Nationale. The grapes are meticulously sorted both in the vineyard and the winery to eliminate unhealthy fruit. They are immediately gently pressed in a pneumatic press to retain maximum fruit and aromatic extraction. The must is kept in tanks at low temperatures for seven days before being transferred to 500-liter oak barrels (of which 10% are new) for alcoholic fermentation and maturation. Only native yeasts, present on the grapes skins, are used. The Bourgogne Blanc matures in barrels on its lees with minimal battonage, or stirring of the lees, to ensure the wine's freshness. Bottling takes place after about 12 months in accordance with the lunar cycle.

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