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Chardonnay here refers to the village, rather than the variety. Clos de la Crochette is a charming walled vineyard that Dominique bought in 2003. After a little investigation he discovered it is one of the most historic sites in all of Burgundy, first planted by the monks of Cluny (c.900 AD). This has beautiful tension and energy, it comes as little surprise this spot has been a favourite for winegrowers through the centuries.
The 2019 Mâcon-Chardonnay, from an earlier-ripening microclimate, has a rather reticent nose that I find less engaging than the Mâcon-Uchizy at the moment. The palate has more to offer, though, with hints of stem ginger infusing the slightly honeyed fruit, and a little lychee developing toward the finish. Fine, but the nose needs to be more expressive.
Ready 2021 - 2026
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