2018 1er Cru La Garenne Domaine de la Choupette
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
The family's parcel here in La Garenne dates back to the Second World War - they were actually planted in the early 1940s which is rare indeed. This is good and crisp. There is a delicious citrus-mist that teases the palate - then an almost jolting electric bite of mineral freshness. The weight of fruit is there again, but this is a step up from the Village wine met the intensity is great. Nicely concentrated and delicious. The old vines here give tiny berries - lean and clean juice, lemons and limes zip around your mouth, but the feel is less aggressive, less clipped than the 'village' and even the 1er Cru Chalumaux. L&S (Nov 2019)
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Domaine de la Choupette
The Gutrin brothers' domaine was created when the twins joined forces in 1992 - it's based in the middle of Santenay, with Jean-Christophe in charge of the vines and Philippe in the winery. Perrine Gutrin runs the 'front of house'. They have vineyards in Puligny (three hectares), Chassagne (half a hectare) Maranges (one hectare) and Santenay (seven and a half hectares). The vineyards are worked traditionally with ploughing rather than chemicals for weed control and to encourage the roots to go deeper. Yields are initially controlled at the pruning and with de-budding, and finally a greeen harvest as necessary. Whites are classically made with élevage in barrel for a year with up to half new wood. The reds are de-stemmed and macerated cold for a week before the three week fermentation at around 28C, then the temperature is allowed to rise to around 33C to stabilise colour and tannins. This gentle vinification is aimed at making fruit-forward wines, which are then aged in barrel for twelve to eighteen months using a mix of new and up to three-year-old barrels.
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