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VALLET FRÈRES MARSANNAY BLANC

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VALLET FRÈRES MARSANNAY BLANCCork

Aromatic, powerful and delicious, this is a cracking white Burgundy.

Marsannay, Burgundy
2012
13% ABV.
100% Chardonnay
75cl

£25.95

Price includes VAT

Tasting notes:

Highly aromatic. Creamy oak notes on the distinctive Vallet nose are overlaid with lemons and hints of cloves and vanilla bean paste. Surprisingly but pleasantly taught and savoury on the palate; the lemon zings through and the acidity is well judged.

About the wine:

Traditional practices have remained relatively unchanged both in the vineyard and cellar since Vallet-Frères formation in 1864.

Very low yeilds are controlled by strict pruning practices. Limestone / clay soils are ploughed, and the grapes are hand harvested. Rigorous grape selection and no destemming (Vallet, like Domaine de la Romanee-Conti are just one of a number of producers who still favour this technique).

Grapes undergo immediate pneumatic pressing (to avoid oxidization) and fermentation in oak barrels with "batonnage" every day. Barrels are rolled to gently combine the lees and wine. After 14 - 16 months in cask the wine is bottled following a light filtration.

About the producer:

Vallet Frères was established in 1864. The Vallet family (also known as Bouree Pere et Fils) own holdings in Gevrey Chambertin, Beaune Epenottes (Premier Cru), Charmes-Chambertin (Grand Cru) and the entire single vineyard of Clos de la Justice.

The Vallet family are also negociants, sourcing the best grapes from growers in other areas with whom they have worked for many years. The winery represents the pinnacle of attention to detail, delicate grape selection and a passion for making superb wines. 

Food match:

Of course match with classic Burgundian chicken dishes, such as Poulet de Gaston Gerard (plump chicken in a mustard sauce), but this Marsannay can be matched to sushi when drunk young and the lemony notes would suit a grilled sea bass. If you decide to cellar it, then try with a regional cheese such as Epoisses.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

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