Domaine Henri & Gilles Buisson, Chardonnay, 'Sous le Château', Saint-Romain, Burgundy, France 2018

Domaine Henri & Gilles Buisson, Chardonnay, &

Domaine Henri & Gilles Buisson, Chardonnay, 'Sous le Château', Saint-Romain, Burgundy, France 2018

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The Buisson family has been present in the village of Saint Romain in the Cote d’Or since the twelfth century. In 1947, Henri and Marguerite Buisson decided to begin bottling their wine at the domaine and selling it under their own label. That is now the family tradition carried on in noble fashion by their son, Gilles Buisson, who works an estate of nineteen hectares with the able assistance of his wife, Monica, and their two sons, Franck and Frédérick.

Since the 1970s the vineyards have been worked according to organic principles. As of 2009, the estate has been officially certified organic by the ECOCERT organization. Vines are planted at a density level of 10,000 per hectare. Of the 19 hectares owned by the domaine, eleven are planted to red pinot noir and eight are planted to Chardonnay.

The vineyards of Saint Romain are often overlooked since they are located to the west of some of the most famous vineyards of the Cote de Beaune and are somewhat isolated in a valley tucked away on the road that runs from Meursault and Volnay through Auxey Duresses and then on to Saint Romain. This appellation, however, deserves considerably more attention as the exposure of the vineyards is excellent, the slopes are steep and the soil is a mix of clay, limestone and marne. The slightly cooler temperatures result in a longer growing season and wines that carry a pleasant and refreshing level of acidity. 

Chardonnay is sourced from the south-facing Sous Le Château Parcel in Saint Romain, located under the ruins of an old castle. The vines benefit as the roots develop in very shallow soil, on hard limestone and tap between the faults. The average vine age is 15-20 years, trained in Guyot and planted at 10,000 vines/ha. Grapes are picked by hand in mid September.

Lemony freshness, and creamy, yeasty notes of oak. The palate is fresh with acidity and notes of green plum, a creamy mid-palate, and a long, dry finish.

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