Grape(s): Savagnin 100%
Producer: Domaine Berthet-Bondet
Distributor in China: https://berthet-bondet.com/vins/
We were lucky enough to have a small but serious cohort of Vins Jaunes entered into this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, and from the moment when our judges came across this supremely articulate yet typically refined Chateau-Chalon, it was hard to hold it back. If you’ve never tried Vin Jaune, you couldn’t do better than begin with this 2013. Pale but emphatically gold, it has aromas which evoke nuts, wild mushrooms, umami, yeast and cream, but in which some lingering sweetness of fruit survives, too (Savagnin for Vin Jaune is picked very ripe). It is deeply nutty and mushroomy on the palate, too; acid-structured as always (the hallmark difference between Vin Jaune and Fino Sherry or Manzanilla); long, taut, refined yet giving. And unique.
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