About This Wine
The vineyard of Rully spreads on 290 hectares on the Côte
Chalonnaise, just south of the Côte de Beaune. The soils are
marl or clay, with limestone patches.
This wine is produced on the Domaine Louis Max, on the
beautiful terroir les Plantenays. These excellent old
Chardonnay vines come from a single tenant and are situated
at more than 300 metres altitude on 3 hectares.
The vineyard is on its first year of conversion to organic farming.
Manual harvest with grape sorting before the winemaking.
Fermentation in oak barrels and maturation for 12 months.
Beautiful brilliant gold robe, with green reflections.
In the nose, floral aromas of acacias, honeysuckle and fresh
fruits like lemon or white peach.
Very fruity in the mouth, well-balanced, very fresh and
Perfect to pairs with a seafood platter, poached and grilled
fishes, delicate poultry meals and soft flavoured cheeses.
SERVICE TEMPERATURE AND AGEING
Wine to be served chilled at 12°C.
To be drunk now or after an ageing of 3 to 5 years for more
Wines from Burgundy
A legendary wine region setting the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide. In the Jurassic time period, the area was part of a vast, tropical sea. Over hundreds of millions of years, the seabed transformed into various layers of limestone, sandstone and clay soils that have entrapped the fossils of ancient sea creatures. These soils are the secret behind the zesty minerality that Burgundy wines are famous for.
Burgundy is probably the most terroir-centric wine region in France. Huge emphasis is placed on the specific vineyard, soil type, elevation, and angle of slope where the wines were made. This is reflected on the wine's labels where appellations are more prominently displayed compared to the producers’ names.
The most prestigious wines of the region come from a long and narrow escarpment called the Côte d'Or split into the Côte de Nuits to the north and the Côte de Beaune to the south. Côte de Nuits produces many of the world’s finest Pinot Noir’s, all but one of Burgundy’s red Grand Crus are made in this area. Whilst interestingly, the opposite is true for the Côte de Beaune where all but one of the Chardonnay Grand Crus are made. From this information it may seem you should be buying a Pinot from the North and Chardonnay from the south, that is only true for the pinnacle of Burgundian wines. Both outstanding reds and whites are produced throughout the Côte d'Or.
In Burgundy, they use a wine quality tier system that goes:
Grand Crus 1.4% of total production
Premier (1er) Crus 10.2% of total production
Appellations Villages 37.3% of total production
Appellations Regionales 51.1% of total production
When one refers to “Burgundy wines” they are usually talking about those produced in and around the Côte d'Or. While the Chardonnay’s from Chablis and the Gamay’s from Beaujolais are formally apart of the Burgundy wine region, those subregions are generally referred to by their own names rather than being considered “Burgundy wines”.