Hautes-Côtes de Beaune, Domaine Bonnardot, Burgundy, France (2017)
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Domaine Bonnardot is a family estate in Bonnecontre, near the Citeaux Abbey. The family has a long heritage of winemaking in the area dating back to 1470, but in more recent memory it was Elizabeth who graduated from studying enology in Beaune, studied with Jules Chauvet and began to practice more natural approaches to her winemaking. Today her son Ludovic, who first began experimenting with natural winemaking as a teenager with grapes from an old parcel of his grandfather's, now guides the winemaking at the estate. He prefers not to add sulfur to his wines. After completing his education in winemaking, he returned to his family lands in 2005 and began to convert the 15 hectares, situated between Pommard and Santenay, to purely organic farming.
The appellation 'Hautes Cotes de Beaune" is situated at a higher altitude than the Cote de Beaune. The domaine plot is just above the Evelle hamlet and with large slopes, the altitude goes from 440-490 meters high. The soil is clay-chalk based with stones intermixed and faces southeast. These grapes are hand-harvested near the end of September. The fermentation lasts for 12 months in 228L oak casks.