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Domaine du Chateau de Meursault Clos des Chenes, Volnay Premier Cru 2013

A historic chateau with 60Ha+ of prime sites across Côte de Beaune. Previously of hit or miss quality, a change in fortunes came about in 2012 when the property was purchased by Olivier Halley. Since then a range of initiatives have improved the wines. Conversion to organic, introduction of cover crop and lowering of yields have contributed to this re-invention. Use of new oak barrels is in the range of 25-40% and wines are aged for 15-18 months.

The Volnay vineyard of Clos des Chênes is composed of 45+ year old vines. They produce small berry fruit, delivering concentration and intensity in bottle. The vineyard is of 2.63 hectares, located at around 270 meters above the sea level, at the top of the hillside with a south/south east exposure. Soils are composed of marly limestone.

Fruit is manually harvested, followed by a manual sorting and then a further optical sorting of the grapes. After destalking the grapes, the juice, skin and pulp are put into vat for cold maceration, lasting from 15 to 18 days. Following this the alcoholic fermentation, lasts from 5 to 6 days. These steps may be punctuated by push-downs.

Ageing in new oak barrels (30%) as well as in oak barrels of one or two years. 15 to 18 months ageing in barrel.

The bouquet reveals the unique character of this wine, gentle but fleshy with black fruit aromas. This 2013 vintage shows a great power in the mouth and has a beautiful freshness supported by dense aromatic structure and tight tannins. With these qualities certainly, “un vin de garde” – a wine with ageing potential.

Pair with grilled red meats, game such as vension, game birds, full flavoured cheeses.