Saint-Véran "Rives de Longsault"
Saint-Véran lies between the escarpments of Solutré and Vergisson (from which the Domaine des Deux Roches takes its name), on the southernmost slopes of a of a 250 km long and 5-6 km wide prehistoric limestone ridge that runs through the valleys carved out by the river Soâne. Its vineyards are among the few in Burgundy with a south/south-easterly aspect, which exposes the vines to maximum sunlight and warmth, as well as winds that help to moderate their temperature and stimulate photosynthesis. This allows Chardonnay to develop physiological ripeness quickly, under stress, in a precarious continental climate. ‘Rives de Longsault' is made from parcels of vines that are 30 to 40 years old, and benefit from six different terroirs: Maillettes, Pommards, Roncevaux, Carette, Péguins and Jonchet.
The grapes are pressed slowly in a pneumatic press. The free-run juice is then drained and left to settle at low temperatures (no higher than 18˚C) before it is transferred into steel vats (70%) and oak barrels (30%) to undergo alcoholic fermentation. After alcoholic fermentation the wine is left on the lees to undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine is then left to age, on the lees, in steel vats (70%) and under oak (30%), until the following spring (April/May). Lees stirring takes place throughout the maturation period
‘Rives de Longsault' is a beautiful gold wine with an aroma of stone fruits, citrus, and flowers. On the palate this ample bodied wine is rich and well-structured. The nose has a delicate mineral and citrus finish.
Service & food pairing
Serve lightly chilled (10-13˚C). This wine's minerality makes an excellent accompaniment for oily fish (poached or fried), as well as seafood. Its citrus flavours make it ideal for white meat, such as veal or poultry, accompanied by cream sauces, as well as creamy seafood and mushroom risottos. It is equally suited to a number of cheeses: goat's cheese, blue de Bress, Comté, Beaufort, and Gruyeres.
Packaging & storage
Comes in a traditional Burgundy bottle, with a natural cork, in cartons of 6 or 12 bottles. Store horizontally and consume within 2-3 years.