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Auxey-Duresses Blanc Les Crais, Frédéric Cossard 2020
Domaine de Chassorney was born in 1996 with a few hectares of vines rented in Saint Romain and Auxey Duresses and now comprises ten hectares of vines across several villages. He also acts as a négociant, which gives him access to fruit from some of the greatest vineyards in Burgundy. These wines are bottled eponymously, as ‘Frédéric Cossard’.
The Cossards have worked organically from the outset and now focus on homeopathic treatments and remedies tailored to the needs of each site. Whites are pressed directly straight to barrel, where they rest on lees until bottling. Reds spend around a month on their skins as whole bunches in open top casks, before being pressed off to barrel, also resting on their lees until bottling. It sounds simple, but the attention to detail in the cellar is second to none and Fred produces Burgundy of rare liveliness, purity and detail.
From sixty year old vines in a tiny parcel of around a hectare that the Cossards farm in Auxey-Duresses, this is one of their rarest and most sought after wines. Reflecting the vintage, this shows a wonderful purity and generosity of fruit, making for a wine of impeccable balance and infinite charm.
Producer Frédéric Cossard Domaine de Chassorney
Origin Auxey Duresses, Burgundy, France
Grapes 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol 13% ABV
Style Full body white
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Manual harvested, whole bunch fermented for 3 weeks, Fermented with indigenous yeast. Aged for 12 months.
Notes Organic, Natural