White Burgundy: Pierre Andre

The Maison Pierre André was created in 1923 based on the love of founder Pierre André’s love of the vine. The Château de Corton was then rebaptized when purchased in 1927 as the ‘Château de Corton-André’. Today, the illustrious manor now shelters the wines underground and houses the offices of the business. This domaine is at the heart of many famous ‘climats’ in Burgundy, which covers over 50 hectares or 125 acres. The maison is also the largest purchaser of barrels at the Hospice de Beaune auctions, because they are able to both oversee the élèvage, bottling and labeling for private customers around the world. Maison Pierre André has created a wide selection of wines made from grapes purchased from owner-growers that work in harmony with Pierre André to provide excellent quality wines. These owner-growers have put their confidence in the winemaker, Ludivine Grivaux at Pierre André to vinify their harvests and market the wines.

  • Bourgogne Chardonnay Reserve

    This lovely Chardonnay Reserve from Pierre-André is made up of equal parts Chardonnay from their vineyards in the Côte d’Or and in the Mâconnaise. The Chardonnay from the Côte d’Or originates in the appellations of Chassagne, Meursault, St. Aubin, and Ladoix. These wines are aged in 1-3 year old oak barrels from their Corton, Chassagne, and Ladoix wines to show off the complexity, richness, and minerality of white Burgundy. The balance of the Chardonnay is from the Mâconnaise, aged in tank to show the pure fruit and minerality of the wine.

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    • Rully

      Pierre-André’s Rully comes from the village just south of Chassagne-Montrachet where the soils and exposure are very similar but the price is much better. This Rully shows a fragrant Chardonnay nose with hints of spice, vanilla, and light oak. On the palate it show the same flavors with a very nicely textured mid-palate with minerality and lots of length. This Chardonnay shows excellent balance with a crisp finish that hints of lime/lime blossom. Think of it as a Chassagne from the southern end of town!

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      • St. Aubin 1er Cru ('Les Combs')

        St. Aubin is the village nestled in the valley that separates Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet. This wine comes from 1er Cru vineyards: one up top on the Chassagne side, one up top on the Puligny side, and two in the village of Saint-Aubin proper. This wine was known as ‘les anges’, but with the 2007 vintage they dropped this proprietary name, as people thought it was a single climat. This wine has an aromatic Chardonnay nose with floral, spice, and oak notes. On the palate, it is richly textured with spice, very good fruit and a mineral component that gives it big mouthfeel and length.

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        • Ladoix 1er Cru 'le Rognet'

          Ladoix is a very small and little known appellation at the northern-most village in the Côte de Beaune. This Ladoix captures that special spice, mineral, and honeyed character that is Corton Chardonnay. Richly textured, this wine is just as rare as the Corton white, we only get a few cases per vintage. If you enjoy richly complex and spicy Chardonnay,or just enjoy Corton-Charlemagne, this is for you.

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          • Mersault AOC

            The grapes for the AOC Meursault come from 6 different vineyards around the village of Meursault. Monsieur Mestre describes the wine as "dry and rich, green-gold with aromas of ripe grapes, honey, with subtle nuances from the terroirs: a liveliness from the vineyards at the bottom of the slope and an explosion of flavors from the hillside vineyards." This village Meursault is one of the best white wine values in Burgundy today. Michelot's Meursault AOC has "a beautiful nose with honey and citrus tones, medium-rich on the palate with oak and vanilla. Complex and with great balance, this is a truly memorable Meursault…a wonderful wine and a great value."

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            • Chassange Montrachet

              This vineyard borders Le Montrachet Grand Cru vineyard on the south side and is only one-fifth the size of Le Montrachet on the Chassagne side (at one third the price, too). The vineyard has very few owners, and many don’t have enough juice to bottle it as ‘les Blanchots 1er Cru’, so this is almost as rare as a monopole (single owner of a specific vineyard). The wine is very aromatic and rich on the nose with hints of lemon, lime and mineral. The oak is quite well integrated and shows excellent texture, minerality, and complexity. The finish is quite long, with more crisp lemon and lime, with a creaminess at the end. A big, expressive Burgundy to delight any Chardonnay drinker. This shows why Burgundy is still the King of Chardonnay.

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              • Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

                This is a stunning example of classic Corton-Charlemagne: Rich, powerful wine with lots of ‘stuffing’, delicious aromas and flavors of cinnamon, honey, and flint. A very expressive wine, this Chardonnay is what exemplifies a Grand Cru Bourgogne: powerfully rich and amazingly textured with lots of mouthfeel yet balanced with a crisp and refreshing finish that shows exceptional length.

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