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The intimate Domaine Coffinet-Duvernay is located in the illustrious village of Chassagne, in the southern Côte de Beaune. The estate is owned by Phillippe Duvernay and his partner Laura Coffinet who set out on their winemaking venture with just seven vineyards, including the Grand Cru Batard Montrachet. Domaine Coffinet-Duvernay encompasses seven hectares across the appellation in total, four of which are dedicated to its outstanding white wine, in particular Chassagne Chardonnay, and three to red. This specialist estate produces beautifully crafted wines that capture the intense aromas and flavor of their distinguished terroir like few other boutique wineries in the region. Capable of aging for decades, these impeccable wines have never been available in the United States before now.
Appellation: Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Contrôlée
The 1er Cru Dent de Chien lies above the Grands Crus of Chassagne at the upper edge of the slope, as the hill of Mont Rachet turns toward St. Aubin. Limestone rocks litter a light soil over a limestone bedrock, making the vineyard well known for its mineral qualities.
Grapes are hand-harvested at optimum ripeness in small bins, and carried to the winery for a gentle pressing in the pneumatic bladder press. The must is allowed to settle for 24 hours (debourbage) to allow the gross lees to settle out, and the wine descends by gravity into small oak barriques for primary and malolactic fermentations. The must is stirred (batonnage) very rarely during ,malolactic, as Philippe Duvernay prefers to allow the wine to develop without any oxidative notes. After aging of 15 months in these barrels (approximately 1/3 new oak barrels each year), the wine is bottled.
The Coffinet-Duvernay 1er Cru Dent de Chien is crisp, taut, and lively with minerality. Behind scents of wet stones and white flowers is an element of pear and apple fruit, but dominated by the stony focus and intensity of its rocky soils.