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Girl Power – France: Blanc et Rouge

$400.00 $375.00 excl. GST

An exciting representation of the growing voice of female-led French estates from across Burgundy. 

  • Claire Naudin Le Clou 34 | Aligoté
  • Chanterêves Bourgogne Blanc | Chardonnay
  • Domaine Oudin Chablis Premier Cru ‘Vaucoupins’ | Chardonnay
  • Berthaut-Gerbet Fixin | Pinot Noir
  • Claire Naudin ‘Orchis Mascula’ Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune | Pinot Noir
  • Mee Godard ‘Les Michelons’ Moulin-a-Vent | Gamay

Claire Naudin Le Clou 34 Aligoté

What — Aligoté
Where — Burgundy, France
When — 2018

An exuberant nose of gardenia, lime blossom and rhubarb over a zippy acid line held in line by some texture and body

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Claire Naudin’s family has been working the vineyards in Burgundy since the 1500s, with Claire herself leading the domaine since 1994. Claire’s approach and style to her winemaking very much resemble herself: transparent and open. She believes in healthy vineyards and incorporated a number of biodynamic principles into the vineyards with a minimal intervention approach in the cellars. Majority of the estate’s holdings are in the less-famous Hautes-Côtes, where Claire’s work puts her amongst the top producers of the area. 

Le Clous 34 swims against the stream of most typical Aligoté examples, part of which why the wine is sold as a ‘mere’ Vin de France as opposed to Bourgogne Aligoté AOC. It is sourced from Claire’s oldest plots of Aligoté, some of which are more than 60 years old. The olde vine nature of the plots lead to naturally low yields which concentrate the flavours found in the grapes. True to Claire’s style, the approach in the cellars is very hands-off with only minor sulphur additions, if required. Its aging on lees, combined with the inherent concentration of the fruit, lead to a complex example of Aligoté that demonstrates a wider range of flavours than many expressions of the variety.

 

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Chanterêves Bourgogne Chardonnay

What — Chardonnay
Where — Burgundy, France
When — 2018

Notes of yellow stone fruits, lemon zest with a good mid-palate richness. A fruit purity shines through on the palate, along with a crushed rock minerality and long finish which truly over delivers at a ‘mere’ Bourgogne level

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Chanterêves was created in 2010 by husband and wife oenologist duo Tomoko Kuriyama and Guillaume Bott. Hailing from Japan, Tomoko had left her home country in pursuit of oenology & viticulture at the renowned Geisenheim in Germany. As a harvest intern in 2005, she met Guillaume and moved to Burgundy permanently in 2011. The wines of Chanterêves are focused on purity and expression of their terroirs, led by Tomoko on a daily basis.  

Tomoko sources the fruit for the Bourgogne Chardonnay from two locations – two-thirds coming from Maranges and the remaining third from Pierres Dorées. Maranges lies at the southern end of the Côte d’Or, while Pierres Dorées is located at the southern tip of Beaujolais, adjacent to Lyon. Pierres Dorées sits on a unique soil of fossiliferous Bajocian limestone which imparts flavours not readily seen in wines of the surrounding areas. The wine receives the same attention and approach as the others within their range – natural fermentation, no fining, only a light filtration when they feel it is needed, with a minimal use of sulphur through the élevage. It spends around 12 months in barrels which vary in size from 228L to 600L.  

The nature of the fruit sources, combined with the warmth of the 2018 vintage adds a sense of generosity while still retaining Chanterêves’ distinct style. 

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Domaine Oudin Chablis Premier Cru 'Vaucoupins'

What — Chardonnay
Where — Chablis, France
When — 2018

A distinctive stoney mineral character on both the nose and the palate, with a tension and acidity that provides a freshness and pure yellow-fruited finish.

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Around 35 years ago, Jean-Claude and Christiane Oudin returned to their roots in Chablis. They had good albeit stressful jobs in Paris, and the thought of building up a domaine as winegrowers was very appealing. Christiane’s father had a couple of hectares in the small village of Chichée, just south of Chablis. They nurtured domaine up to its current size of 10 hectares, and it is now run by their daughter Nathalie, with help from her sister Isabelle.

Nathalie’s tale is a familiar one amongst many born into wine families. She had initially left the domaine to study biology in the UK, before realising her love and passion for the world of wine and returning to the estate in 2007. She continues a number of initiatives begun by her parents, including ploughing the soils and avoiding the use of chemicals, whilst also taking it a step further by not using herbicides and natural composts. 

Oudin’s Vaucoupin vines are around 65 years old and certified organic. The wine is classic Chablis, fermented and aged in only stainless steel to retain the purity of the limestone soil of the site. It is aged on fine lees which help to add some body and complexity while drawing out the expression of the soil and the site.

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Berthaut-Gerbet Fixin

What — Pinot Noir
Where — Burgundy, France
When — 2018

Ripe red berries intertwined with savoury nuances with a bright acidity

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Berthaut-Gerbet, led by Amélie Berthaut, was born from the combination of her mother and father’s estates, Domaines Denis Berthaut and François Gerbet. An engraving on the wall in the tasting room truly personifies Amélie’s approach to her winemaking: Rien par force, tout par amour, meaning “nothing by force, all by love”. The Berthaut side of the family has a long history in Fixin, from where this cuvée is drawn. Often an overlooked village within the north of Burgundy, Fixin can produce wines of mediocre quality yet in the right hands of those such as Amélie Berthaut, the wines express delicate yet expressive examples. A blend of four lieu-dits (parcels) planted between 1980 and 1990, the wine sees no new oak and is entirely de-stemmed. These choices in the winery lead to a perfumed and pure-fruited example with generous red berry fruits leaping forth from the glass.

Fixin has long lacked an iconic domaine as its reference point. With Berthaut-Gerbet in the hands of Amélie Berthaut, that may soon be a thing of the past.

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Claire Naudin Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune 'Orchis Mascula'

What — Pinot Noir
Where — Burgundy, France
When — 2018

Wild cherry and ripe raspberries leap out of the glass with a herbal touch adding interest and intrigue

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Claire Naudin’s family has been working the vineyards in Burgundy since the 1500s, with Claire herself leading the domaine since 1994. Claire’s approach & style to her winemaking very much resembles herself: transparent and open. She believes in healthy vineyards, having incorporated a number of biodynamic principles into the vineyards with a minimal intervention approach in the cellars. Majority of the estate’s holdings are in the less-famous Hautes-Côtes, where Claire’s work puts her amongst the top producers of the area. 

Borrowing the scientific name of the early purple orchid, the Orchis Mascula is a blend from 3 vineyards and made with 100% whole bunch fermentation without any added sulphur during the winemaking process. It is treated gently and aged for around 18 months in barrel with only a small percentage being new. Only a small amount of sulphur is added at bottling to preserve the vibrancy of the wine without dampening its aromatics. 

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Mee Godard 'Les Michelons' Moulin-a-Vent

What — Gamay
Where — Beaujolais, France
When — 2018

Concentration of red & black fruits & savoury spice, built around incredible structure

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Born in South Korea, Mee was raised in France before venturing to the U.S. to study biochemistry with a specialisation in wine science. Following her studies, she returned to France where she created Domaine Mee Godard in 2013. Quickly establishing herself as one of the hardest working vignerons in the region, she is most often found either amongst the vines or in the cellar. In 2017, she added one hectare of vines in Les Michelons to the estate’s holdings – her first plot outside of the village of Morgon, in Moulin-a-Vent. Everything is done by hand in the vineyard and yields are kept low. She is slowly converting the agriculture to biodynamic methods, though her practices are already organic. Her style involves using both carbonic and non-carbonic maceration for deeply structured wine.

While a relatively new addition to the landscape of Beaujolais, Mee’s wines have taken no time in gaining a loyal following for a style of structure and depth over the lighter ‘bubblegum’ wines often seen from the region. 

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From Burgundy, Beaujolais, and Chablis, this combined red and white French wine bundle of Girl Power – France shines the light on some of the most exciting female winemakers in France. Ranging from recently established domaines to generational and long-standing estates, this pack presents delicious examples of Chardonnay, Aligoté, Gamay, and Pinot Noir.

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Claire Naudin Le Clou 34 Aligoté

What — Aligoté
Where — Burgundy, France
When — 2018

An exuberant nose of gardenia, lime blossom and rhubarb over a zippy acid line held in line by some texture and body

+ Read More

Claire Naudin’s family has been working the vineyards in Burgundy since the 1500s, with Claire herself leading the domaine since 1994. Claire’s approach and style to her winemaking very much resemble herself: transparent and open. She believes in healthy vineyards and incorporated a number of biodynamic principles into the vineyards with a minimal intervention approach in the cellars. Majority of the estate’s holdings are in the less-famous Hautes-Côtes, where Claire’s work puts her amongst the top producers of the area. 

Le Clous 34 swims against the stream of most typical Aligoté examples, part of which why the wine is sold as a ‘mere’ Vin de France as opposed to Bourgogne Aligoté AOC. It is sourced from Claire’s oldest plots of Aligoté, some of which are more than 60 years old. The olde vine nature of the plots lead to naturally low yields which concentrate the flavours found in the grapes. True to Claire’s style, the approach in the cellars is very hands-off with only minor sulphur additions, if required. Its aging on lees, combined with the inherent concentration of the fruit, lead to a complex example of Aligoté that demonstrates a wider range of flavours than many expressions of the variety.

 

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Chanterêves Bourgogne Chardonnay

What — Chardonnay
Where — Burgundy, France
When — 2018

Notes of yellow stone fruits, lemon zest with a good mid-palate richness. A fruit purity shines through on the palate, along with a crushed rock minerality and long finish which truly over delivers at a ‘mere’ Bourgogne level

+ Read More

Chanterêves was created in 2010 by husband and wife oenologist duo Tomoko Kuriyama and Guillaume Bott. Hailing from Japan, Tomoko had left her home country in pursuit of oenology & viticulture at the renowned Geisenheim in Germany. As a harvest intern in 2005, she met Guillaume and moved to Burgundy permanently in 2011. The wines of Chanterêves are focused on purity and expression of their terroirs, led by Tomoko on a daily basis.  

Tomoko sources the fruit for the Bourgogne Chardonnay from two locations – two-thirds coming from Maranges and the remaining third from Pierres Dorées. Maranges lies at the southern end of the Côte d’Or, while Pierres Dorées is located at the southern tip of Beaujolais, adjacent to Lyon. Pierres Dorées sits on a unique soil of fossiliferous Bajocian limestone which imparts flavours not readily seen in wines of the surrounding areas. The wine receives the same attention and approach as the others within their range – natural fermentation, no fining, only a light filtration when they feel it is needed, with a minimal use of sulphur through the élevage. It spends around 12 months in barrels which vary in size from 228L to 600L.  

The nature of the fruit sources, combined with the warmth of the 2018 vintage adds a sense of generosity while still retaining Chanterêves’ distinct style. 

Only 1 left in stock

Domaine Oudin Chablis Premier Cru 'Vaucoupins'

What — Chardonnay
Where — Chablis, France
When — 2018

A distinctive stoney mineral character on both the nose and the palate, with a tension and acidity that provides a freshness and pure yellow-fruited finish.

+ Read More

Around 35 years ago, Jean-Claude and Christiane Oudin returned to their roots in Chablis. They had good albeit stressful jobs in Paris, and the thought of building up a domaine as winegrowers was very appealing. Christiane’s father had a couple of hectares in the small village of Chichée, just south of Chablis. They nurtured domaine up to its current size of 10 hectares, and it is now run by their daughter Nathalie, with help from her sister Isabelle.

Nathalie’s tale is a familiar one amongst many born into wine families. She had initially left the domaine to study biology in the UK, before realising her love and passion for the world of wine and returning to the estate in 2007. She continues a number of initiatives begun by her parents, including ploughing the soils and avoiding the use of chemicals, whilst also taking it a step further by not using herbicides and natural composts. 

Oudin’s Vaucoupin vines are around 65 years old and certified organic. The wine is classic Chablis, fermented and aged in only stainless steel to retain the purity of the limestone soil of the site. It is aged on fine lees which help to add some body and complexity while drawing out the expression of the soil and the site.

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Berthaut-Gerbet Fixin

What — Pinot Noir
Where — Burgundy, France
When — 2018

Ripe red berries intertwined with savoury nuances with a bright acidity

+ Read More

Berthaut-Gerbet, led by Amélie Berthaut, was born from the combination of her mother and father’s estates, Domaines Denis Berthaut and François Gerbet. An engraving on the wall in the tasting room truly personifies Amélie’s approach to her winemaking: Rien par force, tout par amour, meaning “nothing by force, all by love”. The Berthaut side of the family has a long history in Fixin, from where this cuvée is drawn. Often an overlooked village within the north of Burgundy, Fixin can produce wines of mediocre quality yet in the right hands of those such as Amélie Berthaut, the wines express delicate yet expressive examples. A blend of four lieu-dits (parcels) planted between 1980 and 1990, the wine sees no new oak and is entirely de-stemmed. These choices in the winery lead to a perfumed and pure-fruited example with generous red berry fruits leaping forth from the glass.

Fixin has long lacked an iconic domaine as its reference point. With Berthaut-Gerbet in the hands of Amélie Berthaut, that may soon be a thing of the past.

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Claire Naudin Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune 'Orchis Mascula'

What — Pinot Noir
Where — Burgundy, France
When — 2018

Wild cherry and ripe raspberries leap out of the glass with a herbal touch adding interest and intrigue

+ Read More

Claire Naudin’s family has been working the vineyards in Burgundy since the 1500s, with Claire herself leading the domaine since 1994. Claire’s approach & style to her winemaking very much resembles herself: transparent and open. She believes in healthy vineyards, having incorporated a number of biodynamic principles into the vineyards with a minimal intervention approach in the cellars. Majority of the estate’s holdings are in the less-famous Hautes-Côtes, where Claire’s work puts her amongst the top producers of the area. 

Borrowing the scientific name of the early purple orchid, the Orchis Mascula is a blend from 3 vineyards and made with 100% whole bunch fermentation without any added sulphur during the winemaking process. It is treated gently and aged for around 18 months in barrel with only a small percentage being new. Only a small amount of sulphur is added at bottling to preserve the vibrancy of the wine without dampening its aromatics. 

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Mee Godard 'Les Michelons' Moulin-a-Vent

What — Gamay
Where — Beaujolais, France
When — 2018

Concentration of red & black fruits & savoury spice, built around incredible structure

+ Read More

Born in South Korea, Mee was raised in France before venturing to the U.S. to study biochemistry with a specialisation in wine science. Following her studies, she returned to France where she created Domaine Mee Godard in 2013. Quickly establishing herself as one of the hardest working vignerons in the region, she is most often found either amongst the vines or in the cellar. In 2017, she added one hectare of vines in Les Michelons to the estate’s holdings – her first plot outside of the village of Morgon, in Moulin-a-Vent. Everything is done by hand in the vineyard and yields are kept low. She is slowly converting the agriculture to biodynamic methods, though her practices are already organic. Her style involves using both carbonic and non-carbonic maceration for deeply structured wine.

While a relatively new addition to the landscape of Beaujolais, Mee’s wines have taken no time in gaining a loyal following for a style of structure and depth over the lighter ‘bubblegum’ wines often seen from the region. 

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