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La Pierre Ronde, Premier Cru Les Charmes Dessus Meursault 2021
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La Pierre Ronde, Premier Cru Les Charmes Dessus Meursault 2021

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Notes from Becky Wasserman & Co.:

"A blend of the southeast facing lieu-dit, "Le Corton" (Aloxe Corton side), and the west facing lieu-dit, "En Charlemagne" (Pernand Vergelesses side).

Antoine Lepetit de la Bigne wears many hats and, over the past 15 or so years, has devoted himself to helping growers develop and succeed with organic and biodynamic viticultural methods in Burgundy.

We met him at Domaine Leflaive in Puligny-Montrachet, where he worked for 8 years. With Anne-Claude Leflaive, he founded the well-loved École Du Vin et des Terroirs in 2008, an intimate classroom for Burgundian growers looking to expand their knowledge in everything from plant bio-indicators to sensitive crystallization. In 2012, he published the widely read and well-loved What’s So Special About Biodynamic Wines: 35 Questions & Answers For Wine Lovers. A few years later, after Anne-Claude’s passing in 2015, he decided to leave the domaine and found his independent biodynamic consulting company, “La Pierre Ronde,” in 2016.

Working closely with so many motivated growers in the region, Antoine naturally formed the relationships and mutual trust that inevitably led him to consider purchasing grapes and making his own wine. The fact that he started with the 2021 vintage, a short crop and thus a year when most négociants were mostly out of luck, is proof of the respect and support he’s earned within the community.

Maison La Pierre Ronde’s first release includes one white from the Côte Chalonnaise, and another six whites and one red from the Côte de Beaune. Right out of the blocks, Antoine’s wines are striking and, not surprisingly, incredibly intellectual even in the most modest of appellations. As Steen Ohman at Wine Hog writes: “these are airy, refined wines; effortless, and with beautiful brilliance. They are classy, and this estate already shows tremendous potential.”

From the higher part of Charmes ("Dessus"), gentle slope.
Directly pressed and settled for 24 hours. Fermentation in 350L new oak barrels. Aged for 6 months on the lees in new oak, then 5 months on the lees in amphora, and then another 4 months in stainless steel. No fining.