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Pierre-Louis and Jean-François Bersan Cuvée Marianne Bourgogne Côtes d'Auxerretext
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Pierre-Louis and Jean-François Bersan Cuvée Marianne Bourgogne Côtes d'Auxerre 2018

FranceBourgogne Côtes d'Auxerre is at the top of the Régionale Appellation, awarded a geographical designation for its focused terroir and stricter growing / winemaking. The first traces of the Bersan family in Saint-Bris-le-Vineux date back to 1453, though the cellars of the domain date from the 11th and 13th centuries, and form a real labyrinth deep under the village. The sustainably farmed domaine, 15km west of Chablis, is now in the hands of father Jean-François, and his son Pierre-Louis. This chardonnay is rooted in kimmeridgian clay-limestone, and was native ferment in tank before resting 1 year in French barrels (10% new). The clay rules the soils here, imbuing a creamy expansion to the stony / earthy frame, basing green apple, light lemon and a wash of salinity through the finish. Drinking now.Tasted: 30 October 2021Tasted by: Treve RingProducer: Domaine Pierre-Louis & Jean-François BersanGrape: Chardonnay