This is another great wine from a super person, Róisín Curley.
This is her Bourgogne Blanc and with this release, we'd recommend a bit of patience. Put it aside for a few months, perhaps even a bit longer to get even more satisfaction.
Right now, the wine is really firm, acidic and ful of nervy tension that will make your mouth water and want to drink the entire bottle in one sitting! But if you can give it what it needs, just that little bit of time to unwind, it will reveal what it really is all about.
This is stellar Chardonnay taken from the heart of the region that has given so many of the best wines in the world for nearly a thousand years.
Broadly speaking, Róisín gives her wines a very light fining and filtration in order to preserve the natural character of the grapes terroir as much as possible. Indeed, some of her wines are left completely unfiltered. For the winemaking itself, she uses concrete tanks or small vats for fermentation, but seldom made with new oak.
In the vineyard at harvest, and in the winery, too, she does a massive amount of sorting of the grapes (called triage in the vineyard) which has sometimes reduced her potential output up to 50%, but such is Róisín's determination for the very best quality.
The standards that she achieves has allowed her access to some of the best coopers and she now uses a mix of different barrel suppliers, buying more in each of the last six harvests in which her wines have been made.
The grape suppliers for Róisín's wines are mostly all farming organically, as is the case for this wine, and the wine-making philosophy is very definitely hands-off and low-intervention, allowing for terroir and variety to shine. Regular trips to the region and long-term relationships with the growers allow for total control of the process, which again gives such scintillating quality. Certainly the reaction from the growers themselves is immensely positive and this has to be the highest form of praise one could wish to attain.
Róisín is not only a winemaker and micro-negotiant (which means that she buys the grapes rather than owning the vineyards), she is a full-time pharmacist in Ballyhaunis, County Mayo, and she is also a Master of Wine.
The enthusiasm she had for wine led to Róisín exchanging her hobby for an incredible alternate life which, via lengthy studies, led her to work in Chateau Latour (yes, that Chateau Latour), Chateau Grillet in the Rhone, and Geisenheim in the Rhein and Montpelier. And finally, to Burgundy where she is making just wonderful wines, but never enough for all of us.
Style: Soft, Pure, Profound, Organic, Medium Bodied, Iconic, Fresh, Elegant, Complex, Bright, Balanced
Best food matches: Venison, Veal, Tuna, Trout, Steak, Soft Cheeses, Shellfish, Seafood, Scallops, Salads, Roasts, Poultry, Mature Cheeses, Lamb, Hard Cheeses, Game, Fine Dining, Christmas Dinner, Cheeses, Charcuterie, Casseroles, Beef