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Albert Ponnelle "Les Carmélites" Santenay Blanc 2007 (Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France)
Albert Ponnelle "Les Carmélites" Santenay Blanc 2007 (Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France)


 
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Winery: Albert Ponnelle
Varietal: Chardonnay
Region: Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France
Vintage: 2007
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: PONNELLESANTENAYBLANC07-W

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Tasting Notes

Beautiful nose, apple, pear, flinty minerality and good dose of oak: velvety smooth, rich style more like CA, has good complexity and depth, finishes with good acidity and balance

History:

The Ponnelle family’s involvement with Burgundy’s wine trade began in 1870.

This is when our ancestor, Pierre-Lazare Ponnelle, founded his winery and domaine of vineyards. He developed the business brilliantly at the same time conducting a number of research projects into wine-making processes, in particular the understanding of fermentation. This led to collaborating with Louis Pasteur, who was living in Dôle, not far from Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy.

His sons followed him. A grandson, Albert, decided to create his own business and he then was vinifying, cellaring and selling some of the best quality wines in the Cote de Beaune and the Cote de Nuits.

His son Louis carried on. The passion for wine has run in the family through the generations and today the business is run by Pierre, grandson of Albert and son of Louis. We have our own vines in the Cote de Beaune at ‘Village’ and ‘Premier Cru’ level. We also vinify, raise and bottle other appellations, including Grands Crus, brought in as young wine, pressed juice or as grapes.

Vinification:

For white wines, the grapes are put directly into the press. The juice obtained is called “must” goes down into the cellar and put into oak barrels in which the alcoholic fermentation takes place.

Cellaring (Elevage):

In wood: most of our specifically named wines are raised in oak barrels. We use no more than 10% of new oak to produce wines that avoid tasting too much of wood but which possess their own identity and are a proper expression of their “terroir”, the land in which they are grown.

New or nearly-new wood barrels absorb a not-inconsiderable quantity of wine known as “the angels’ portion”. They therefore have to be regularly topped up to make sure the barrels remain full and so avoid oxidation.

This “elevage” continues for between 10 and 24 months, depending on the wine. A second fermentation will take place in the barrels, the malolactic fermentation in which the lactic acid becomes malic acid. This natural phenomenon is linked to the activity of specific bacteria and significantly reduces the acidity of the wines.

Chardonnay : 30% of production
This grape produces some of the greatest white wines in the world. Now planted all over the globe, Burgundy is its birthplace. These wines are round, rich and complex and they keep very well.


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