Clotilde Davenne, Chardonnay, Bourgogne, France 2020

Clotilde Davenne, Chardonnay, Bourgogne, France 2020

Clotilde Davenne, Chardonnay, Bourgogne, France 2020

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Clotilde Davenne dubbed her 1.9 hectare plot of 25 year old chardonnay vines in Petit Chablis “Les Temps Perdu.” This was both an homage to Proust’s massive novel, and a reference to what the locals told her about the land; that it was a waste of time to work. “Why bother with Petit Chablis,” they asked. But this plot was completely in kimmeridgien terroir, just like Chablis, it was only its exposition – western – that made it “petit.” Clotilde’s decision to go her own way and ignore the conventional wisdom is indicative of her manner of working in her vines and cellar. She is a truly independent vigneron.

Clotilde, who comes from a cattle farming family, began her wine career as chief oenologist for the well-known Chablis producer Jean-Marc Brocard. After working with Brocard for 16 years she eventually began assembling her own domain, one small parcel at a time, bottling her first vintage in 2005. Today her domain is comprised of vines in Chablis, Cote d’Auxerre, St. Bris – les Vignes, and Petit Chablis.  In her own vines Clotilde is working naturally as possible, without the use of chemicals, and almost all of her production is harvested by hand. In the cellar all the wines undergo malolactic fermentation, a conscious decision by Clotilde, as she feels it brings greater complexity to the wines.”

The Borgogne Blanc is 100% Chardonnay from vines planted in front of Davenne’s home and cellar in the village of Préhy. Hand-harvested, fermented with natural yeasts in stainless steel.  This is a golden wine with a nose of hazelnuts and almonds of acacias and hawthorns. It is a generous wine whose flavors tend towards the undergrowth. It is intense and mineral with a persistent aromatic finish.

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