Beaujolais - Bourgogne Clos de Loyse 2008 - Wine


Bourgogne Clos de Loyse
Bourgogne Clos de Loyse

Location

Bourgogne

Appellation

Bourgogne

Color

White

Vintage

Chardonnay

Features

The Clos de Loyse creates a very individual style of Chardonnay derived from its granite soils, which lie to the south of Burgundy.

Vinification

The ‘Clos de Loyse' Burgundy is vinified in oak barrels, just like its northern cousins. The grapes are placed in the barrels straight after clarification, and there it undergoes both its alcoholic fermentation and its malolactic fermentation (either partial or full).

Maturing and bottling

The wine is matured on its lies, and undergoes regular batonnage. Of the Allier oak barrels used for this wine, 50% are new.

Tasting / Wine and food pairing

The Château des Jacques Clos de Loyse white Burgundy is a fruity wine with vanilla-tinged aromas. It is quite structured and tends to show good balance. It's the perfect match for poultry, fish, shellfish and goat's cheeses.

Conservation

Although very approachable when young, you can easily cellar this wine for five to eight years.

The Vintage

Budbreak happened relatively late, around the 20th of April on average. The weather that spring was particularly unstable, with heavy rainfall but average temperatures. These conditions are particularly conducive to the establishment of fungal diseases, and the damp, dull summer that ensued meant that the vineyards had to be carefully monitored. Luckily, the weather improved dramatically as harvest season approached: September brought ideal conditions in the form of a drying north wind and plenty of sunshine to finish off the ripening process. Harvest kicked off on 18 September and took place under sunny skies. Although vegetative growth was delayed in 2008, the wines themselves are of good quality, with relatively high levels of acidity demanding some cellaring time before the wines flesh out and reveal themselves in their full glory.


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