100% Chardonnay. Certified Organic.
This wine is named after the plot «Le Palajo», a vineyard aimed to produce gorgeous Chardonnay wines.
This plot is situated at 280m, in the highest part of the domaine, on a plateau overhanging the whole vineyard. It is the most «burgundian» plot, because thanks to altitude, the grapes benefit from night freshness and sunny days which represents good conditions for a nice balance.
The entire bunches of grapes were pressed immediately in the small pneumatic press according to the Champagne technique (discarding the first and final pressings, keeping only the best juice obtained under low pressure-pressing for the Le Palajo cuvée). The juice was cold settled for 24 hours before being transferred to barrels without the addition of sulphur (one to three-year-old barrels of which one third were 500-L barrels known as demi-muids, which results in better integrated wood).
The wine was fermented in barrels then aged on the lees for 8 months. The wines in the barrels were tasted regularly one by one with a great deal of attention and for each one it was decided if malolactic fermentation should be done or not (this was the case for 20% of the cuvée) and if one or two stirrings was needed.
8 months in 1- to 2-year-old oak barrels.
Pale yellow in colour. Very expressive, elegant, aromatic of nose with subtle notes of wheat flour, fine, airy pastries and cream followed by delicate floral scents opening up to notes of jasmine and orange blossom. A touch of lemon zest, some marine and anise notes, a little fresh apricot... The oak lends a slight scent of candied chestnut. On the palate, this wine is straightforward and silky yet extremely delicate with incredible length that boasts refreshing vivacity.
Wine and Food
Perfect with white meat or fish with cream, shellfish (crab or crayfish cannellonis), cheese soufflé, gambas risotto or foie gras.
Serve at 8-10°C.