Winemakers: Philippe and Cécile Valette
Region : Burgundy
Grape varieties : chardonnay
Surface area Winery : 15 ha
Annual production: 65,000
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|Baptiste and his brother Philippe Valette as well as Cécile, Philippe's wife, represent the 3rd generation of winegrowers on organic vines for almost 20 years already! The 15 hectares, on Chaintré, as well as a few plots on Vinzelles, are run by true enthusiasts who "accompany" their wine for a better expression of an exceptional terroir. Marketed only when they consider them ready, the 7 vintages, mostly old Chardonnay, are an enchantment of complexity, balance and accuracy, each with its own character. The clay-limestone or siliceous soils are aerated by ploughing or grassed depending on the plot.||
Thus drained, they regain the microbial life necessary for the good health and "freedom" of the vines, according to Philippe. Yields are reduced and the grapes, tasted on the vine to determine their maturity, are delicately picked by hand in small crates and placed directly into the pneumatic press. The juice flows by gravity into stainless steel tanks without any sulphur. The next stage is one of the most original experiments in the region: the maturing in barrels on fine lees can last up to 72 months (for the 'Mr Noly' cuvée).