HI. WE'RE CLOSED FOR IN-STORE BROWSING FOR THE TIME BEING. (STILL DOING PICKUP, DC DELIVERY, AND SHIPPING.) HI. WE'RE CLOSED FOR IN-STORE BROWSING FOR THE TIME BEING. (STILL DOING PICKUP, DC DELIVERY, AND SHIPPING.)

Claire Hill

'Branciforte' Chardonnay 2019

$44.00

'Branciforte' Chardonnay 2019

Claire Hill

'Branciforte' Chardonnay 2019

$44.00

I approached winemaking here in the same way we did at Rhys, which is in turn informed by that of Domaine Roulot in Meursault. After picking in the very early morning of October 1st, 2019, the grapes were pressed whole cluster. The juice was then browned overnight - a very counterintuitive approach to making Chardonnay, given that most winemaking seeks to protect against oxidation (also known as reductive winemaking). There’s an excellent article here that goes into the science and history a bit more, but the result is purity and ageability. The following morning, the browned bits have settled out to the bottom of the tank, where they are left behind and discarded. The clear juice is transferred to thrice used French oak barrels where they ferment over the coming weeks, lending a warmth and richness to the finished wine. Aged in barrel for 14 months, with half aged in stainless steel for 6 months of that time.

-Claire Hill