H.& G. Buisson - Saint Romain Sous Velle Chardonnay
Located in the picturesque village of Saint Romain, in the Hautes Côtes de Beaune, Domaine Buisson reaches back to the 12th century. The estate is certified organic and biodynamic. Brothers Franck and Frederic are now in charge. Eleven of the 20 hectares of vines are in St Romain, across eight different sites, headlined by the signature plots of Sous La Velle (Chardonnay) and Sous Roche (Pinot Noir). These appellations have been overlooked since they are somewhat isolated in a valley behind Meursault and Volnay. Vineyard exposures are excellent, the slopes are steep and the soils are a mix of clay, limestone and marls. The slightly cooler temperatures result in a longer growing season and wines that carry a pleasant and refreshing acidity. The Buisson domaine is a fine source of terroir-expressive wines that offer outstanding value.
100% old chardonnay vines. The east facing plot of Sous La Velle is Buisson’s signature white wine, located beneath Saint-Romain village (Velle is an old word for village). Mostly fermented and matured in large 30hl casks, with some small portions matured in smaller barrel sizes.
Concentrated and dense, the nose diplays aromas of wild peach, ripe apricot, lemon peel with a hint of passion fruit. All this accented with minerals and a slightly smoky reduction. The palate is well-balanced with citrus peel and lime. Nicely focused on the finish, this will be difficult to resist in its youth.