About this wine
Les Preuses is believed to be a derivation from La Voie Pierreuse or the stone path because the vineyard was in the past alongside a Roman road along the bank of the River Serein.
From an acclaimed producer, this 100% Chardonnay is from Grand Cru vines age 45 to 68 years planted in a mixture of marl and chalky Kimmeridgian facing south.
Vinification and aging is on fine lees for at least 15 months. Thirty percent is in oak barrels (50% new) and the rest in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Production is 4500 bottles.
About the grape
Chardonnay is the most popular wine variety in the world - and in the US. Winemakers love the green-skinned grape as well because it’s so easy to grow and adaptive to many different production techniques. Grown everywhere, Chardonnay’s greatest expressions are widely believed to come from Burgundy. Indeed, this is believed to be where the grape originated. Chablis, in Northern Burgundy and Champagne also offer superlative examples of Chardonnay.
Less expressive on the nose than Vaulorent. There is nice spice and fruit but this is clearly young wine in need of time to flesh out and open. The best evidence of this is that it tastes like green grapes. It's Grand Cru-ness is apparent in the structure and body - fuller than the 1er Cru. An excellent wine in the making but it requires patience.
On your table
I would like halibut, braised in court boullion with leeks. Serve at about 52 degrees.