Bouzeron 'Les Courcelles' 2019, Les Champs de Thémis.
From vines planted in 1934 this vineyard of golden Aligote has an expression of floral notes and orange blossom on the nose. Slightly broader on the palate than Les Clos, Les Courcels is more savoury. Great minerality on the finish. Piquant thanks to alert acidity softened by the use of older oak barrels. This is standout Aligote.
New on the Irish market, the Côte Chalonnaise selection from Xavier Moissenet of Les Champs de Thémis. Organically farmed with minimal sulphur usage, they offer great value and incredible depth from such young domaine.
As with most of Burgundy today, allocations are small with this domaine. Originally from Nuits-Saint-George, Xavier decided to move south tostart his own project. He rents the land that is farmed organically in the vineyards around Bouzeron.
Bouzeron in the Côte Chalonnaise is the only commune to grow ‘golden’ Aligote. All the vines are mature with some vines over 80 years old, the concentration and definition from the older vines gives huge complexity to the wines. What impressed Harriet about the wines, was the careful use of oak, elevating the fruit aromas and adding depth to the palate of each wine. Xavier works closely with the Chassin Tonnellerie, ensuring that each plot has the perfect elevage.
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