Caroline Lestimé, winemaker at Jean-Noël Gagnard, decided to plant Chardonnay vines on this plot of the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune, back in 2007. It’s in Rochepot, opposite Saint Aubin, and it is a relatively protected site for the Côtes, with limestone soils. Organic farming since 2011. Winemaking is the same as with the other Gagnard wines, with a third new oak, and the wine is bottled under screwcap. It’s pure, pristine and quite delicious – a real find.
Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard Caroline Lestimé Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Sous Eguisons 2014 Burgundy, France
This is a lovely, focused, fresh white Burgundy with amazing precision. The matchstick mineral nose shows pure lemony fruit with a hint of florality. The palate is linear and precise with taut lemony fruit and a fine tangy, stony mineral quality. There’s just the faintest hint of spicy, toasty oak, but the real theme here is pure, vital lemon fruit with great precision and lovely integrated acidity. This is just such a lovely wine, with more than a hint of Chablis to it. With its screwcap, this should age beautifully. 93/100 (£24 Berry Bross & Rudd)
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