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From les Houlières. The bright lines and buzz of crisp fruit jump out of the glass at you. This freshness is impressive for the vintage. Lots of juicy acidity here - crisp and fresh. Green apple notes up front develop and broaden on the palate and then some richer more peachy flesh emerges. There's the sunshine! Thankfully there is no excess weight. A pithy, powdery feel dominates texturally - this is really quite tight for now. It is clear to see that this will benefit from another 6 months in the bottle to fill out, but it is showing much promise. 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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