Antoine Olivier le Bievaux l'Air de Rien Santenay 2018

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Antoine Olivier le Bievaux l'Air de Rien Santenay 2018

Country - France

Region - Burgundy

Grape Varieties - Chardonnay 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Domaine Antoine Olivier

Tasting notes - A vibrant and terroir expressive white Santenay showing balanced oak and mineral purity finishing on a peppery note.

Antoine Olivier le Bievaux l'Air de Rien Santenay 2018

A vibrant and terroir expressive white Santenay showing
balanced oak and mineral purity finishing on a peppery
note.
Producer Note
Antoine Olivier was founded at the end of the 1960s, from a few vineyards left by
Antoine Chevalier Moreau to his grandson, Hervé Olivier. Hervé began extending the
estate by purchasing historic, old vineyards across Santenay, some of which had not
been used for a century, paying particular attention to famous white wine vineyards.
The quality of these soils is now recognised in a series of brilliant wines, in particular the
exceptional white Santenay, something of a rarity in what is predominantly a red wine
growing area. Today, Hervé’s grandson Antoine Olivier and his sister Rachel manage
the estate. They are dedicated growers and follow organic practices in the vineyard.
Their philosophy is to combine modernity with respect for the Burgundian soils and this
stunning collection wines really showcases this.
Vintage
A wet winter and spring built soil water reserves which was important for the
forthcoming growing season. A cold snap in February allowed the vines to rest and the
sap to descend. Warm weather in April increased the vine's development, which
continued throughout the hot, dry growing season. Harvest took place under good
conditions producing exceptionally healthy fruit. 2018 is an excellent vintage for both
quantity and quality.
Vineyard
The vines are grown in a singe vineyard plot 'Le Bievaux l’air de Rien', which is one of
the best plots in Santenay for Chardonnay. The characteristics of the soil and subsoil
are very close to those of several Grand Crus from the Côte de Beaune nearby. The
specific microclimate here provides ideal conditions to produce complex wines. The
vineyard is sustainably and organically farmed, although it is not certified. Some of the
biodynamic philosophies are also followed. The grapes are hand-picked and carefully
sorted prior to vinification.
Winemaking
The grapes were gently pressed and then racked to barrel where fermentation took
place using natural yeasts. The wine was kept on its fine lees and underwent
bâtonnage to impart texture and complexity to the wine. Malolactic conversion took
place in barrel. The wine was 100% barrel aged for 12 months, in traditional Burgundian
barrels of 228 litre barrels, of which 25% were new oak. The wine was then transferred to
tank where it spent a further six months, prior to being lightly fined, filtered and estate
bottled.
Tasting Note
A vibrant and terroir expressive white Santenay showing balanced oak and mineral
purity finishing on a peppery note.
Grape
Chardonnay 100%
Winemaker: Antoine Olivier
Region: Burgundy
Subregion: Santenay
Country: France
Alcohol: 13%

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