Tuesday, November 19, 2013

White Burgundy of the Year


Unfortunately--truly unfortunately--we're sold out. Good luck finding it, too. Cyril Audoin produced just 3 barrels or 700 bottles of this 2011 Marsannay Blanc La Charme aux Pretres. In the west coast of the United States a mere 180 bottles showed up. At a price of $37 our stock sold out immediately and I could not replenish it.

It is the first vintage for this single lieu-dit Marsannay white. Previously Cyril Audoin blended the parcel into his Marsannay Blanc. But in 2011, he decided to separate out his tiny parcel of La Charme aux Pretres vineyard. This is Chardonnay from the northern end of the Cote de Nuits, yet it seems to channel Puligny down in the Cote de Beaune. Intensely perfumed. Hazelnuts and white stone fruits. Delicious. Its finesse and delicacy imbue class, making it hard not to believe it is not Puligny in your glass. A triumph for both the gifted Cyril Audoin and the marvelous terroir of his vineyard.

I can't wait for next year's release. I already heard 300 bottles were promised for the west coast. I will be waiting first in line.


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