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Les Dolomies La Chaux Chardonnay 2018

Les Dolomies La Chaux Chardonnay 2018

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From a new 0.25ha plot in Nervy sur Seille just down the road from Chateau Chalon. These were bought from Domaine Grand. This wine is 100% Chardonnay from 28 year old vines cropped at 55hl/ha. Whole cluster press into stainless steel for wild fermentation then 8 months élevage in old barrique. 1500 bottles made. Fleshy stonefruit, red apple and Jura funk with great acid line cleaning it all up. - Greg Murphy

“The earth is not ours; but lent to us by our children.” So says Céline Gormally of Les Dolomies. Establishing the domain in 2008, her mantra holds true in all facets of how she manages her land. Together with her husband Steve, they manage around 5ha of vines -The Fields, as she calls them. Using biodynamic principles and compost as fertilizer, Céline eschews mechanised methods and distributes it all with donkeys between the vines. 

The name Les Dolomies comes from the magnesium limestone soils found in the area. The marls and limestone outcrops are found extensively throughout the vineyards, and provide one of the best geological soil types for the Jura gape varieties.

All of the wines are wild-fermented, with very little sulphur added, if any. Some use of whole-bunch pressing is utilised for the whites, while the reds are all fully de-stemmed. Céline uses old Meursault barrels for maturation, with a scattering of demi-muids for the more delicate whites.

Their success has allowed her to lease and develop a parcel of Savagnin in the famed Château-Chalon, as well as vineyards in Nervy and Passenans. Céline believes in the strength of each individual plot, and bottles separately, to allow the individual voice of her vineyards to shine through.

Product Type Wine White Chardonnay
Volume 750ml
Country France
Region Jura
Winemaking Practices Natural
Vineyard Practices Organic/Biodynamic