Domaine Faiveley Ladoix Blanc 2016
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Ladoix-Serrigny is one of the Côte de Beaune's oldest winemaking villages. The first Lords of Ladoix were present here as far back as the 13th century. Faiveley's vineyards have an east exposition, with marly limestone, clay and ferruginous oolite soils planted to Chardonnay. The grapes are harvested and sorted by hand. The musts are extracted using a pneumatic press before being settled. Vinification lasts for 4 weeks and takes place in French oak barrels (less than a third of which are new oak) in hygrometry-controlled cellars at consistent natural temperatures. The wine is aged in barrels for 14 months during which it is stirred regularly in order to keep the lees in contact with the wine. This results in excellent tension and aromatic complexity combined with a smooth and delicate palate.
The nose reveals fresh, floral aromas and a touch of brioche. The palate is rich and powerful with toasty notes and a pleasant freshness. A lively and direct wine with excellent tension. Serve with: Seafood platter, trout in an almond crust, goats cheese.
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