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Dhondt Grellet, Les Terres Fines NV
Adrien makes this with 45 year old Chardonnay grapes, which are organic but not certified and hand-harvested from a very chalky, east-facing plot in Cuis, a 1er Cru village. Fermentation is in inox steel and old oak with natural yeast and it undergoes a natural malo. The base is from 2015 and remaining 30% comes from reserve perpetuelle. Disgorged in October 2018 it has just 2g/l of sugar. Aromatically think freshly-baked Danish apple pastry with lemon zest. The palate is super precise and energetic, perfect for those who like a super dry, gastronomic style. Complexity is delivered in the form of a steely texture, and hints of sea spray and grilled caramelised cashews.
Coming from nine different plots all from the limestone rich soils of Cuis with an average age of 45 years, Les Terres Fines is an expression of Chardonnay that could only come from Cuis. The base vintage makes up 70% of the blend with the remainder a perpetual reserve going back to 1986. Dosage is 0g/L.