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Site: the production area stretches south of Burgundy in the Mâconnais region, within 10km south-west of Mâcon. Less famous than its neighbour "Fuissé", it has been known since the Roman times; "Vincella" is still tinged with its specificities. The vineyard, located at an altitude of 250m (820 feet), on the steep slope facing east, is dominated by its fortified castle.
Soil: clay and limestone rich in iron oxide.
Plantation density: 8,500 vine stocks/hectare.
Pruning: typical Mâconnais pruning type.
Yield: purposely low in order to extract all possible nuances from the terroir.
Supply: exclusive partnership.
Pressing: very slow so as to respect the fruit. Juices from the last pressings are not retained.
Type: partly in stainless steel vats and partly in oak barrels.
Length: 6 to 8 months.
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"A wine for mere pleasure! Pale yellow colour with numerous bright green reflections. Intense persistant flavours of peach and white flowers harmoniously meshed together. On the palate, the wine is ample, fresh, intense, with reminiscent notes of ripe grapes, almond, fresh hazelnut and cinnamon. The mouth reveals an elegant wine endowered with a good structure".
The early season was precocious. The yields have been impacted by some frost and hail. The growth of the vegetation was quick, the summer was hot and dry. Some welcome rainfall at the end of August favoured the maturity. At harvesting time the sanitary state was excellent and the juice well-balanced.
Temperature: 12/13°C (53-54°F).
Cellaring: 2 to 5 years.