2020-C Terres Secretes Bourgogne Blanc, Burgundy, France (750ml)
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A Monthly Wine Club Selection
Bright, straw-gold hue. Delicate scents of white orchard fruit, citrus and honeysuckle. Clean flavors of freshly sliced pineapple, applesauce, peach and Meyer lemon on the palate. Well-balanced, with a soft texture and a charming, noteworthy, earthy mineral element on the supple, refined finish.
If we had our way, we would drink Burgundy much of the time, but the realities of life don’t often support this sentiment. That’s why we were over the moon to feature—once again—Terres Secrètes, meaning ‘secret lands,’ a collaboration between one of our favorite vendors, California-based North Berkeley Imports, and a winery cooperative in the Mâcon region of Burgundy in operation since 1951. The idea behind the project is to produce quality Bourgogne AOC wines for decidedly un-Bourgogne-like prices, and to showcase Burgundy’s legendary limestone terroirs. The vineyard sources for this venture are sustainably farmed older-vine fruit, from the Mâconnais’ top terroirs, including Vergisson, Saint-Véran and Viré-Clessé, among others, with soils featuring Burgundy’s classic mix of clay and limestone.
100% Chardonnay, from 20- 50-year-old vines, sourced from various mature vineyards in and around the greater Mâconnais region, mostly near the village of Prissé. The grapes were harvested by hand, and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks. The resulting wine was aged in tank and lightly filtered before being bottled. We were thrilled to feature this Chardonnay as one of our Monthly Wine Club selections. While undoubtedly lighter in style, it offers a complexity and elegance rarely seen at this price point.