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Things are changing at Domaine Roland Lavantureux: founder Roland’s sons, Arnaud and David, have joined the family business, and they have begun to implement a number of changes, yielding notable results in improving their already stellar lineup of Chablis. Diligent in their work ethic and full of ambition, the Lavantureux sons have begun working with new vineyard sites, made adjustments in winemaking, and improved the packaging of the domaine’s wines for a slightly classier presentation. While they have already earned numerous awards and accolades for their work, the real results can be tasted in the bottle.
     As you’ll see, the wine is a crystal-clear translation of the Kimmeridgian limestone of Chablis—Chardonnay the way it can only taste from these soils. In addition to its crisp, saline finish, you’ll find rich, layered fruit and impressive length on the palate. Make way for the new generation!

Anthony Lynch

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2022
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Chardonnay
Appellation: Chablis
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Roland Lavantureux
Winemaker: Arnaud Lavantureux
Vineyard: 30 years average, 14.5 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone (Kimmeridgian)
Aging: 70% of wine aged in stainless steel, 30% aged in 3 to 6 year old barrels
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About The Region

Burgundy

map of Burgundy

In eastern central France, Burgundy is nestled between the wine regions of Champagne to the north, the Jura to the east, the Loire to the west, and the Rhône to the south. This is the terroir par excellence for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The southeast-facing hillside between Dijon in the north and Maranges in the south is known as the Côte d’Or or “golden slope.” The Côte d’Or comprises two main sections, both composed of limestone and clay soils: the Côte de Nuits in the northern sector, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. Both areas produce magnificent whites and reds, although the Côte de Beaune produces more white wine and the Côte de Nuits more red.

Chablis is Burgundy’s northern outpost, known for its flinty and age-worthy Chardonnays planted in Kimmeridgian limestone on an ancient seabed. Vézelay is a smaller area south of Chablis with similar qualities, although the limestone there is not Kimmeridgian.

To the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise extends from Chagny on its northern end, down past Chalon-sur-Saône and encompasses the appellations of Bouzeron in the north, followed by Rully, Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny.

Directly south of the Chalonnaise begins the Côte Mâconnais, which extends south past Mâcon to the hamlets of Fuissé, Vinzelles, Chaintré, and Saint-Véran. The Mâconnais is prime Chardonnay country and contains an incredible diversity of soils.

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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

Inspiring Thirst, page 236

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