Gorgeous, purity, seamless
Christian Collovray and Jean-Luc Terrier (Collovray & Terrier) were school friends who were so inseparable they married two sisters, and thanks to their love of wine, forged a bond between Burgundy and the Languedoc.
It began in 1986 when they joined forces to manage Christian's family vineyard that had been cultivated since 1928 by his grandfather. They named the venture Deux Roches (two rocks) for the Roche de Vergisson (in Saone-et-Loire) and the nearby Roche de Solutre (just west of Macon), these ancient angular escarpments are roughly two kilometers apart and 500m high; both can be viewed from Deux Roches in Davaye, Bourgogne.
The domaine's is to make mineral-focused and terroir-driven Charonnays grown in clay-limestone soils. Les Terres Noires comes from SainteVeran, which lies between the two escarpments, on the southernmost slopes of a prehistoric limestone ridge that runs through the valleys carved out by the river Saone. Its vineyards are among the few in Burgundy with a south/south-easterly aspect, which exposes the vines to maximum sunlight and warmth, as well as winds to help moderate temperature. The site takes its name from the black soil, rich with limestone debris, organic material, and a high proportion of humus that make this 2.85 ha parcel of vines where this Chardonnay was born.
The 2017 shows outstanding purity--wet flinty stone, oyster shell, straw flowers, lemon and yellow fruit aromas lead to a slick and seamless palate. Creamy yet precise, it has rich lemony mid-palate and a long marzipan finish.
Good First Impressions, Cellar Keepers, Seafood/Fish, White Meat Chicken/Pork, First Date, French Food
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Wine Scores reviewed - 2020-09-09 18:38:00.0