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Chais du Vieux Bourg

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  • 59. Côtes du Jura AC 2015, Sous le Cerisier

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    Chais du Vieux Bourg

    100% Chardonnay (12.4% alc.)

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    Ludwig produces this very elegant, subtle chardonnay from 30 to 55 year old vines on an exceptional terroir sited on a lower southerly hillside in the Château-Chalon AC village of Voiteur where there is a limestone layer in the subsoil rich in marine fossils at a point where younger Lias marls change to Triassic marls. Aged for 18 months in five to twelve year old topped up barrels, on the nose there is a hint of almond and it’s notably saline. The palate is complex with hints of white peach, apricot, aniseed, menthol (often the mark of the best terroirs), you don’t notice any oak, and the finish is clear cut and saline. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 60. Côtes-du-Jura AC 2012 Savagnin

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    Chais du Vieux Bourg

    100% Savagnin (12.7% alc.)

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    Ludwig bought this steep, south-west facing 0.5 hectare 50yo vineyard in Poligny four years ago. The vines here are essentially planted in broken up limestone with marls at depth. In this first vintage Ludwig made just four barrels that he topped up to avoid any oxidative effect and bottled in April 2015 with very low sulphur. Quite gras on the attack, the acidity follows closely behind, with typical gentle stewed lemons and bitters on the finish. Another brilliant example of this phenomenal grape variety. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 61. L'Etoile AC 2011, QV d'Etoiles

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    Chais du Vieux Bourg

    85% Chardonnay, 15% Savagnin (12.5% alc.)

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    Ludwig’s finest cuvée of topped up white comes from the small appellation of L’Etoile which is primarily known for its oxidative wines but has fine terroir for making topped up wines as well. He makes just three barrels from a massale selction of 40 year old vines planted in Triassic marls. Aged for 33 months on the fine lees, itis consequently very stable and so needs little protection from sulphur. A beautiful pale gold colour, it is an incredibly stylish wine, quite exotic on the nose with vibrant citrus and tangerine fruit and marked salinity on the long finish. Perfect with oysters and most shellfish. For drinking now to 2019.