Domaine Cordier


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BOURGOGNE BLANC JEAN DE LA VIGNE 2019
Organic

Bottle Shot

With Bourgogne wines skyrocketing in price Christophe’s offers simply superb value, much to do with him owning great plots bordering Fuisse and not at the mercy of growers. He’s also streamlined vinification via technology without effecting quality (see later). Sourced from 25 year old estate vineyards close to Pouilly Loche. Schist soils, average yields of 35 hcl/hct. Hand picked then fermented exclusively in 3500ltr wooden vats. What’s special about these vats is that the Battonage (lees stirring, a key element to adding texture in Chardonnay) is achieved using Christophe’s state of the art automated battonage ‘propellers’ at the bottom of the Foudre. They are exactly as they sound, a propeller that Christophe can be programmed specific to each vat/vintage. Cordier was the first to source these vats in Burgundy, which were generally used in Champagne. Post ferment the wine sees 15 months in these same 3500ltr wood vats. I always feel this wine is a true representation of Chardonnay specifically from the south of Burgundy.

 

POUILLY FUISSE 2019
Organic

Bottle Shot

Sourced from several of Christophe’s parcels across the Fuisse AOP. Age of vines between 30 to 40 years old. Fermented exclusively in 500ltr barrels of which 20 to 30% are new.

 

POULLY FUISSE ‘FINE JOSEPHINE’ 2019
Organic

This wine is very seductive, a high quality concentrated Chardonnay named after Christophe’s daughter Josephine. It’s not made every year, due to Christophe’s insistence that it’s essence comes from Millerandage. This ‘hen and chicken’ phenomenon is often caused by rain and cold conditions during flowering. What effectively happens is that the bunches have berries that differ significantly in size (smaller berries are randomly scattered across the bunch, these are called the chickens) and normal/larger grapes called Hens. Carefully managed with a green harvest and longer hang time Christophe highlights this offers an overall lower average berry size/higher ratio of skin to juice ratio.

All the grapes are picked from ‘Vers Cras’, one of the vineyard’s soon to be designated on the label as 1er Cru from the 2020 vintage of which Cordier own 0.8 of a hectare. Vers Cras is only worked by horse by Christophe to prevent the compacting of the soils. Age of vines from 55 to 80 years old, eye wateringly low yields of less than 15 to 18 hcl/hct. Cras = Chalk Christophe describes, same as soil found in Champagne, hardly any clay in the mix.

Fermented exclusively in 500ltr barrels, 50% new.