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

    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.

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Winemaker
Ludwig Bindernagel and Nathalie Eigenschenck
Location
Poligny and Arlay (Jura)
Size of domaine
2.5ha in total. 2 parcels in the village of Quintigny for this cuvée.
Grape
85% Chardonnay, 15% Savagnin. 50 to 60 year old vines trained guyot simple.
Terroir
Very complex terroir: layers of marls and strats of limestone (Trias). West facing.
Viticulture
Works along the lines of organic viticulture. Ploughs the soil. Copper and sulphur used only. Manuel harvest. Low yields.
Vinification
Very long, slow pressing (8 hours; light maceration under the press). Small amount of SO2 added at pressing (i.e. 2 g/hl). Settling of the juice for 24 hours. Transferred into 5 to 7 year old 225L barrels (from Sylvain Langoureau in St Aubin). The juice is poor in azote and the temperature of the cellar is naturally very low so the fermentation is very long (1 to 2 years). Only natural yeasts are used. Malolactics partially completed. 2 to 4 years élevage on fine lees in 5 to 7 year old 225L barrels (33 months in total for the 2011). SO2 at bottling only if necessary (very small amount anyway as the wine is stable after such a long élevage).
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