Justin Girardin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St Jean 2020

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Clos Saint-Jean is a Premier Cru vineyard located on the hillside above the streets and houses of Chassagne-Montrachet village. It is planted to both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, making high-quality examples of both. It is the Clos Saint-Jean Premier Cru red wines that are of particular note, displaying rich, ripe characters despite their often lighter color.

The individual Clos Saint-Jean lieu-dit covers a little over five hectares (12.3 acres) of east-facing Côte d'Or midslope, but the wider site is considered to include Chassagne du Clos Saint-Jean (2 hectares/5 acres) along the same slope to the south, with Les Rebichets (5.4 hectares/13 acres) and Les Murées (1.6 hectares/4 acres) below.

French oak barrels
Origin of wood: Allier and Vosges
25 % of new oak.
Wine remained 15 months in barrels.
Pruning style: Cordon de Royat and Guyot simple
Manual harvest
Green work (de-budding, leaf-thinning,...)
Triple sorting: in the vineyard (twice) and in the winery on sorting table
Grapes are destemmed, put into vat at 12°c during 5 days (cold pre-fermentary) to extract the primary
Indigenous yeasts.
Smooth extraction respecting the grape variety, terroir and vintage.
Fermentation lasts around 20 days.
In French oak barrels
The malolactic fermentation is performed in barrels with ageing on fine lees
No starring, just slightly filtered before bottling according to turbidity.
Bottling in favourable lunar day.
Serving suggestions:
A bouquet of deep red and black berries,
Between finesse and concentration, a powerful body with
coated tannins that brings a smooth relief in the mouth


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