DOMAINE THIERRY DROUIN Saint-Véran La Cote Rotie
Chardonnay that’s been gravity fed and tended to by hand before spending 10 months in French oak. Pale golden colour with subtle aromas of dried fruits and hazelnut, this Chardonnay is full-bodied with well-balanced freshness and the distinct mineral character of the Macôn.
Region: Burgundy, France
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Suggested Retail Price $34
Saint-Veran La Côte Rôtie
Saint-Veran is an AOC (Appelation d'Origine Controlée) for white Burgundy from the Maconnais subregion, and it surrounds the more famous Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. The wines here are made from 100% Chardonnay. The Côte Rôtie is a south-facing plot that enjoys very sunny, very hot summers, hence the name “rôtie” (meaning roasted). The grapes reach maturity particularly early, resulting in wines that are rich, generous and indulgent. The stony soil is shallow, with some clay but a high percentage of limestone, meaning wines from the Côte Rôtie are very mineral.
Vineyards: Southern exposure
Soil: clay and limestone soil
Age of the Parcels: 35 years old
Winemaking: Grapes are pressed softly and slowly. 8 months in oak barels of 500 liters (among which 25% of new barrels).
Aging on thin dregs and regular bâtonnage
Bottled in May.
No insecticides, no herbicides
Production: 1,250 cases