Naxide, 2019, Bugey
Grapes: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Roussette
Region, Country: Bugey, Savoie
Soil: Limestone, marl and granitic bedrock
Harvest: By hand, organic & biodynamic
Winemaking: Spontaneous fermentation on ambient yeasts
Elevage: 12 months in stainless and neutral oak
Winemaker: Jérémy Decoster and his partner Isabelle Coiffier
Naxide is made from a blend of 50% Chardonnay aged in vats and 50% Altesse (Roussette) aged in Burgundy barrels for twelve months.
From hand-picked, organically farmed Chardonnay and Roussette (Altesse), planted at 500 meters above sea level. From soils of limestone and marl, above a granitic subsoil. Clear, with a very faint yellow hue. The nose has lemons, cucumber, and snap peas. A great floral aroma grows after the wine is open for an hour. The palate has salt, cured lemons, and crushed, zingy limestone. Green papaya and clementine, and a long, semi-bitter finish. The palate is medium bodied, balanced by wonderful acidity, and a light hint of tannin. A great, great wine!
Jeremy Decoster apprenticed with many acclaimed natural winemakers such as Lilian Duplessis in Chablis.