Chevassu Chardonnay Sous Voile
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PRODUCER: Marie-Pierre is a young vigneronne whose wines are definitely old style. At just 50 hectares Chateau Chalon is home to the extraordinary Vin Jaune (“Yellow wine”), made from the Savagnin varietal, aged in small oak barrels for a minimum of 6 years and 3 months under a thick layer of flor yeast. This aging method, similar to that used for fino sherry in Spain, but in France specific to the Jura, allows the wine to acquire its distinct flavours, characteristic of walnut, almond, spice and apple, before release. Marie-Pierre makes a Chardonnay which is influenced by this method, which has all the richness and body you'd expect from a Chardonnay, but with that extra dimension of salinity and nuttiness. The vineyards are worked organically and only natural methods are used in the winery. The Poulsard, a local grape variety is also fascinating - crunchy, light, juicy and a bit funky.
WINEMAKING: Grapes are hand harvested and destemmed. They are fermented with indigenous yeasts at ambient temperatures. Demi-muids and foudres (large oak barrels) used for aging. Sous Voile means not topped up which is the traditional way of oxidating the wine. Unfined and unfiltered with a small amount of SO2 added.
TASTING NOTES: This is Chardonnay matured in barrels under flor - sous voile - in the typical style of the Jura. Its complex, mineral & nutty with a touch oxidative. Inspired by the infamous Vin Jaune, not as intense though - this is chardonnay but with an extra edge. Golden yellow colour with warm notes of fino sherry, lightly toasted almonds, brioche and spice butter.