Generation 9 at Domaine Baud are continuing the family's great tradition with this deliciously creamy, bright-fruit Chardonnay. Using grapes from the estate's original 90-year-old vines, the wine has intensity with a buttery spice from oak ageing.
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Great balance of bright apple fruit, buttery roundness and spice
Apple and melon fruit, creamy spice, lightly floral, buttery
This fine Jura estate was founded in 1742 and, with the accumulated wisdom of nine generations, remains in the same family. They started out as farmers, with a few vines. Then in 1950, 7th-generation René Baud worked to restore the vineyards after the devastation of both two world wars and phylloxera. Since then, the four hectares has grown to 20 and the 9th generation, Bastien and Clementine, are running the domaine. They are sustainable in their approach, gaining Terra Vitis status in 2014. Just over half of their production is Chardonnay, here from some of their oldest vines, planted in 1930. Fermentation and ageing in seasoned oak barrels lends a creamy weight and roundness to the apple-fresh fruit. Great with creamy sauced chicken.
"Rich and buttery, tropical notes of pineapple and mango, yellow plum and a spicy, mineral tang"
James Button Decanter, 91pts
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