Marsannay Clos du Roy (white)
The Clos du Roy, which dates back as far as the thirteenth century, was considered by Jules Lavalle (1855) to produce wines that "deserve a most honourable place among the most excellent wines”. The 30-year-old vines on the estate are on a 0.60 hectare plot (1.48 acres).
The Chardonnay grape variety finds its perfect terroir
here, where a thick layer of calcareous gravel (limestone scree, or grèzes litées
) overlies a deep marly subsoil/substratum. This warm early-ripening climat
brings to the wine notes of ripe apricot, citrus fruits, white flowers, and even a hint of honey. The ample texture is counterbalanced by mineral tension, with a saline finish that brings a nice balance to this wide wine. The white Marsannay Clos du Roy is an elegant wine with a strong personality, which can easily be kept for 5 to 10 years in order to reveal its full potential.
The grapes are pressed for 4 hours to gently extract the must. Both fermentations take place in barrels. The wine is aged for 18 months in 600 L barrels.
This wine can be served with trout steak in butter sauce, veal stew with cream, sea scallop carpaccio, or rack of veal with morels /morel mushrooms, for example.