An ethereally seductive white Burgundy. Lovers of lean, chalky chardonnay finesse, this is one for you. On the nose it gives a sense of creaminess and ripeness of fruit, but within a linear frame. Real purity and refinement. No fat here. Acacia flowers, generous chardonnay fruit – green and yellow apples, lemon and fragrant melon and white peach; a hint of something more tropical too. The palate is silky and fine with a lovely minerality and limestone tang. Very long and graceful. Hint of buttered toast – only lightly buttered. Tense and pure with an amazing balance between silky texture and mineral purity. Will become richer and deeper with time in bottle.
The climat of Les Perrières sits under an old pink marble quarry in the central part of the valley of Saint-Romain. The soil here is clay limestone with a significant amount of colluvial gravel. Les Perrières doesn’t seem to carry the same prestige as Sous la Velle, for example, but to some it’s the best site in Saint-Romain. Ageing for this wine is for around 12 months in a combination of 550l and 350l oak barrels, less than 10% of which were new.
FROM THE PRESS
“Hazelnut and spiced yogurt. Very spicy across a breadth of lemon and cream-cheese curds and white pepper and cardamom. Distinct chicory-leaf bitterness framing and driving the wine, although there is enough centre and weight that this will integrate with time.”Tamilyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com
“The 2018 Saint-Romain La Perrière and 2018 Saint-Roman Sous La Velle, and my headliner Sous le Château, are all epic examples of 2018s. They are not too fat, too oleaginous or too forward, but dramatic, lustrous creatures with amazing firmness of acidity and joyous, layered fruit. The oak element in each is subtle and supportive, and at these prices they are all incredible value, too. Sous le Château is the fullest of the trio and La Perrière the most balletic, but I would urge you to buy all three – they show that, in warmer vintages, lesser-known villages tucked away in the Côte d’Or make far more scintillating wines than those that lounge around in the sun all day.”Matthew Jukes, Money Week