Domaine Prunier Bonheur Auxey Duresses Les Crais Blanc 2015
Pascal Prunier is the 5th generation in a family of Burgundian vignerons. He decided to launch his own domaine with his wife, Christine Bonheur, in 1983, with a mere 3 hectares of rented vines. Today, the domaine comprises 8 hectares of vines, scattered throughout the Côte de Beaune, from Saint Romain to Beaune. Production is equal parts white and red wine, and the cellars are located on the road between Meursault and Auxey-Duresses. (He lives around the corner from Jean-Marc Roulot.) The whites beam with energy. The white bunches are transported to the cuverie and pneumatically pressed as rapidly as possible. Indigenous yeast alcoholic fermentation takes place in barrel and then are aged 11 to 15 months in barrel. The reds have a rather extraordinary Zen-like calm and great purity. Very lightly extracted, their attack is soft, delicately fruity, happy. It’s only when you start focusing on the back palate, especially in Auxey and Monthelie, where you notice the underpinnings of serious structure.
This white is from Pascal's Les Crais parcel which was planted in the 1950s on the north side of the appellation and deep in the valley, where there is a high content of active limestone. This is a powerful terroir, with assertive stoniness and serious acidity, and Pascal’s translation of it is a wine as potently energetic as the first cup of coffee in the morning. We tasted and positively loved this 2015. In a ripe, full-flavored white Burgundy vintage, Pascal's essence of energy in the wine was perfectly balanced by the fruit ... yummy!!!
|Appellation||Cote de Beaune|
|Brand||Domaine Prunier Bonheur|