Domaine des Rouges-Queues
Hautes-Cotês de Beaune Blanc, 2018

Grower: Domaine des Rouges-Queues
Region: Maranges, Burgundy, France
Grape Varieties: Chardonnay
Viticulture: Organic & Biodynamic
Size: 75cl bottle

In the southernmost edge of the Cote d’Or, tucked away from the vast monoculture of Burgundy, we find the young appellation of Maranges where Jean-Yves and Isabel Vantey call home. It’s here vinify the fruit from just a few hectares (and are actively decreasing this quantity) of old vines across 15 different sites, spread across various appellations. In what surely feels like another life for these winemakers, they met at a party in Switzerland where Jean-Yves was DJ’ing, and after many years of working for various other vineyards around Burgundy, they gradually began to apply for plots of their own. Little by little vines were acquired and the ethos of the winery began to take shape. Since 1998 the vines have been farmed organically and without any chemicals, and in 2008 the pair took the leap towards biodynamics, for which they’ve now applied for certified status. Sulfur is used increasingly sparingly, and the wines produced are open, expressive, and always deeply indicative of their proper sites and vintages. Fruit comes from 60 year old vines on an eastern-facing plot. Having spent 10 months on its fine lees in barrel, this wine shows a wonderful ripeness and generosity of texture, with a real chalky salinity carrying that weight through horizontally on the palate.

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