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Claire Naudin, one of Henri Naudin-Ferrand’s three daughters, has been in charge of this small domaine based in the Hautes Côtes at Magny-les-Villers, a village that sits astride the dividing line between Hautes Côtes de Beaune and Hautes Côtes de Nuits, since 1994.
Claire is relatively susceptible to sulphur and uses the product as little as possible. Though some of the wines are made in an ‘orthodox fashion, the most exciting wines are those which are vinified with whole bunches (all the stems) and without sulphur, though some SO2 is added at bottling to ensure that the wines remain stable thereafter.
Claire’s theory, which her wines bear out admirably, is that there is none of the harshness sometimes evident when the bunches are vinified with their stems if sulphur is not used. Instead a magical floral perfume emanates from the wine.
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Made from vines which are at least 60 years of age and fermented and aged in tank, this is an exceptional wine. There is rich peach and pear fruit, plenty of generosity and crisp, precise, steely acidity. This is officially classified as Vin de France because the authorities regularly refused to accept it as a “typical” Bourgogne Aligoté. Forget whatever preconceptions you have about Aligoté; this is an exceptional wine in its own right. Drink now to 2025.