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David Moret Auxey-Duresses 2018 £39.95
DAVID MORET AUXEY-DURESSES 2018
David Moret makes top quality white Burgundy from his small cellar in Beaune. David studied winemaking at school but didn't have a family Domaine to work in when he graduated, so he began his career in wine by selling winery equipment to local vignerons. His personable character ensured success in this endeavour, as well as friendships with some of the top growers of the Côte de Beaune. He purchased his first barrels in the late 1990s, and since then, has continued to buy small parcels of grapes from top growers to vinify in his cellar, always from the same plots of vines.
The vineyards of Auxey-Duresses, an appellation since 1937, are located just south of Saint Romain, planted on the hills which lead to Meursault. As such, the whites from Auxey-Duresses present excellent value. The Chardonnay for David’s Auxey-Duresses is sourced from south-facing vineyards with an average age of 30 years, which are planted on limestone soils, giving wines with excellent concentration.
2018 began with a warm spring and budburst in early April. The entire vintage continued ahead of schedule, with flowering in mid -June followed by a rapid fruit set. Ripening continued at a good pace, with warm temperatures and minimal rainfall during August. The harvest began at the end of August, around two weeks earlier than average. The grapes were in exceptional health and required virtually no sorting. Winemakers across Burgundy were very enthusiastic about the 2018 crop, with the fruit in peak health and the region back to producing good quantities of quality fruit, in comparison to the difficult harvests of recent years.
Grapes were brought straight to the winery and were pressed immediately, in order to preserve delicate fruit flavours. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation took place in French oak barrels. The wine was aged for just over 12 months in 20% new French oak before bottling.
On the nose, this Auxey-Duresses has aromas of pink grapefruit and apricots, sweet pastry and hints of struck match. On the palate, the wine has a lovely rich texture, which is well balanced with racy acidity and citrus fruit flavours, which linger on the finish.