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St Aubin En Vesvau Domaine du Chateau Philippe le Hardi 2019

Mix 12
£33.00
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Description & Technical Information
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Domaine du Château Philippe le Hardi (formerly Château de Santenay) was once the majestic stately home of the first Duke of Burgundy. Philippe le Hardi received his duchy from his father, the King of France, and became famous for banning the cultivation of Gamay in the Côte d'Or, saying in his edict of 1395 that only Pinot Noir could be used in the production of red wines from the already fabled slopes.

The magnificent Château has a flamboyant multi-coloured tiled roof ‘en tuile vernissée de Bourgogne’, one of the region’s most distinctive architectural traditions. Despite the property’s long history, it fell on hard times until it was taken over by French bank Crédit Agricole in 2010. The current owners have invested heavily in the estate over the past decade, building a new cuverie in 2014 and putting in a place a new team, including Chef de Cave François des Moutis. He is focused is on revealing the quality of the domaine’s single-vineyard sites through sensitive winemaking. A more gentle extraction and less new oak than in the past mean that the wines today are supple, characterful expressions of their well-respected sites.

Vinification: The winemaking is simple and traditional. After crushing in a pneumatic press, the must was settled for 12 hours then fermented in oak barrels. The wine was aged on its lees and spent 15 months in oak, of which 20% was new, before being bottled in January.

Weather: The 2019 vintage began with an extremely mild winter. By July and August, temperatures had become hot and dry, increasing concentration levels in the grapes. The warm weather continued throughout the summer months. At harvest, the fruit displayed optimal health, rich and ripe characteristics, yet still retaining exceptional balance and elegance.

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Technical Information:
Vineyards: Saint-Aubin 'En Vesvau'
Grape Varities: 100% Chardonnay
Region: Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Closure: Agglomerated Cork
Bottling date: January 2020
Alcohol: 14.5 %
Acidity: 5.30 g/l
Residual sugar: 1.10 g/l
pH: 3.34
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: This wine is gold in colour with a very expressive nose. Notes of yellow peach, apricot and citrus fruits are supported by vanilla nuances from judicious oak ageing. The elegant palate has good concentration and medium body. Ripe fruit, well-balanced oak and bright acidity highlight the complexity of the wine.
Chateau Philippe-Le-Hardi Overview
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