The Yann Durieux Hautes Cotes de Nuits Manon is an interesting expression of Chardonnay which Yann makes in very small quantities, therefore the allocation for Australia is similarly tiny. The wine exhibits very complex aromas giving a hint to the complexity of the flavours that lie below. But this is not big, oaky Chardonnay of the style we have come to expect recently in Burgundy. The wine is powerful and with lovely minerality and has had 24 months of aging in wood. The vineyards have not been sprayed or chemically fertilised. The grapes have been picked by hand. The fermentation has been carried out only with natural yeasts and there are no additives. The vines come from a small vineyard which lies below the Abbey of Saint Vivant which lies some 24 kilometres north of Beaune in the hills near Messanges. The wine has been aged in used barrels. This is an expensive wine because the yields in the vineyard are so low. But we love it because it is a real wine! Like all of his wines, this one is labelled as a Vin de France despite the grapes coming from an exciting area. Many of our winemakers just don’t bother with the appellations anymore as their wines are now well known and widely accepted so they don’t need the additional trouble and expense of submitting the wines to the authorities.
RegionFrance - Burgundy
Bottle Size 750ml