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  • Domaine de la Cras "Cras" Bourgogne Blanc 2014
  • Domaine de la Cras "Cras" Bourgogne Blanc 2014
  • Domaine de la Cras "Cras" Bourgogne Blanc 2014

Domaine de la Cras "Cras" Bourgogne Blanc 2014

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Perched at the northernmost point of the Cote de Nuits, Dijon was once widely reputed for excellent red and white wines..that were even more expensive than their neighbors in the Cote de Nuits (see map below). But much of the winemaking region around Dijon was lost to development over the years —that is until 2013, when the city of Dijon decided it was time to restore their prestigious winemaking past. The city bought 8 ha of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the "La Cras" estate and sought out a young, dynamic winemaker to make wine there. Enter 33-year old Marc Soyard, a young winegrower/winemaker who had previously worked at organic Vosne Romanée domaine Jean-Yves Bizot. Domaine de la Cras is the lone producer of Coteaux de Dijon and makes crisp whites and supple reds, farmed organically and made using biodynamic principles. He is a one-man revolution (orrestoration) in Dijon.

Today we’re bringing you the first ever vintage of Marc's top white, “Le Cras" at a killer introductory price. The Cras is a 100% Chardonnay white from a single, steep south-facing slope at 400-500 meters in altitude (the same elevation as the neighboring Hautes Cotes de Nuits, Marc is quick to point out). The Cras is a white wine from rediscovered, prime Burgundy terroir. The wine is vinified with no added sulflur, and aged 15-18 months  in old oak barrels. 

What does this taste like? We couldn’t put it better than one of our clients at our recent tasting dinner at NOPA SF who quipped, “It’s like a mix between a Meursault and a Chablis.” Even if you’re a white Burgundy aficionado, this is very literally some new terrain for you to cover. You'll recognize the traditional Burgundian chard aromatics, but with a more marked, Chablisian mineral finish. 

Open this with traditional Burgundian food: escargot! Chicken with garlic and lemon! Open this for all of your friends—both Burg snobs and newbies. But, act quickly— Le Cras is a monopole - meaning their is only one owner of the vineyard (rare in Burgundy), and Marc pays a "rent" of 2,000 bottles a year to the City of Dijon, so there's very little left over for the rest of us!

This is a phenomenal, and very rare chance to pick up the first vintage ever of top white from the most exciting new domaine in Burgundy. If you like white Burgundy.... do not miss this one!

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