|Style||Dry, White, Full Bodied, Smooth, Easy Drinking, Stone Fruits, Textural, Minerality|
Genetie Illuminé Chardonnay, AOP Bourgogne offers classic Chardonnay characteristics, with buttery and floral notes on the nose and a full-bodied finesse on the palate. Creamy textured notes and a hint of oak lead to a refreshing finish of minerality and citrus zest. Perfect for poulet à la crème, shellfish chowder, vegetable risotto, and pan fried fish.
At Aitken's we absolutely love this wine!
About the Producer
For over three decades Boutinot has been based in the Mâconnais in southern Burgundy; relying upon Samantha Bailey to craft and blend wines which honestly express the tapestry of the local terroir. With a ‘back of the hand’ knowledge of the effect of each slope and soil type on a wine, they dared to imagine owning an estate. Such opportunities are very rare in Burgundy as domaines pass from one generation to the next.
Finally though, they succeeded in buying two key plots in the best climats of Saint-Véran, together with a gravity fed winery (in need of renovation) and a 300 year old house made of the local honey stone.
They call the place GENETIE, in honour of the mysterious name found etched into the stone of a listed pillar within the building. While careful renovation of the cellar and building continues they will also continue to discover interesting wines that truly represent the diverse terroir of the Mâconnais.
Vineyard and Winery
From a 12 hectare plot in the village of Bussières, to the south of the Mâconnais region, with an average vine age of about 40 years. The soil is classic argilo-calcaire that suits Chardonnay so well and that lends elegance and finesse to the final wines. 10% of the wine is barrel aged to give a more textural, slightly creamy element.
I bought this as a cheaper alternative for a Pouilly-Fuisse recommended in the shop. I wasn’t disappointed. It had that creamy/ buttery characteristic that I was looking for with some,but not too much, oak. Not too acidic which I really like in whites, having overdosed on Sauvignon Blanc for many years. I will still treat myself to the pouilly- fuisse on occasion but at around £12, this is a really enjoyable Chardonnay that has become a ‘go-to’ for the weekend.
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