Burgundy is often one of the most dreamed wine regions in the world to be. Homeland of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, although the price of some those Burgundian wine might have frightened many wine consumers nowadays...I have experienced some of the very valuable priced Burgundian wine in various styles, quality and of course with great passion! Domaine Bonnardot is one of the cases that they shine in their patience, honesty and consistency in quality through vintages.
Travelling isn't always easy, specially when you have a tight schedule...My memories flashed back to the time that I arrived at the domaine were late, and normally wineries aren't encouraged to meet you which is understandable. Although the Bonnardot family was patiently enough to wait and to meet us that really marked in my journey.
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During the discussion with Ludovic (one of the owners - family members), I have realised that obtaining organic certification for wineries today isn't for everyone. It depends on wineries' concepts/vision; financial condition; possible market acceptance etc. (a very complicated situation in France overall). The domaine is committed to engaging organic farming without the official certification, with a sustainable strategy to continue to work of their tradition and culture longevity. The Bonnardot family farms on a diversity of 18 appellations (i.e. Santenay, Maranges, Pommard etc.), and ferments in the newer developed cellar in the middle of the vineyard in St-Aubin without oenological products. They produce a large range of wine in different styles; crémant (a sparkling wine is made in champenoise method outside of Champagne in France), still white and red and rosé.
Wine selection (available at Tchin Tchin):
Crémant de Bourgogne: creamy palate with some beautiful citrus, peach character, so great for all year around!
Bourgogne Aligoté: an interesting variety to discover, if you tired of Chardonnay...
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru "La Garenne": velouté texture, beautiful oak integration, full-bodied &age-worthy; suggest decanting.
Santenay: a balanced everyday wine
Santenay 1er Cru "Clos Rousseau": very charming notes, great intensity, need to decant and drink with patience.
Les Grandes Terres: a parcel just below Abbaye de Morgeot (Chassagne-Montrachet); a longer period of oak ageing (18 months); tight, precise and needs some opening.
Pommard: one of well-know Burgundian appellation; just enjoying it with appreciations.
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