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Biodynamic. This excellent Prissé climat is one of the new
vineyards the Bret brothers recently purchased in partnership with Dominique
Lafon. The 40-year-old vines here face due east in a sheltered spot just below
a small forest at the foot of the Roche de Vergisson. The vines here were
recently certified biodynamic and had been organically farmed by the previous
owners. It’s not hard to see why the brothers are so effusive when talking
about this patch of dirt (which is also home to 0.3-hectares of old-vine Aligoté). It’s a big plot of two hectares,
with the rows running down a slope, so the grapes ripen in stages and must be
picked in successive tries. It’s fermented and aged for the first year in
barrel, then transferred to tank before the next harvest.
A nice change in tone. From
deeper soils, this wine has a little more volume and a riper profile than the
Pouilly-Vinzelles wines, yet the cut and mouth-watering precision are spot-on. A textured palate is framed by a
floral prettiness, fully charged acidity and a nip of phenolic structure on a long
citrus-fuelled finish that prickles with tension—another knockout.
We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which we operate in Melbourne, and pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge and respect the Traditional Owners of lands across Australia, their Elders, Ancestors, cultures and heritage, and recognise the continuing sovereignties of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nations.
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