75cl * 13.5% ABV * Burgundy, France
Simonnet-Febvre is an ancient producer dating back to the Court of Versailles which is particularly well known for their Crémant de Bourgogne production and their holdings in Chablis – they owned 5,000 hectares in 1830! For many generations they always had a knack of staying ahead of the competition: for instance, they were the first Burgundian firm to understand that grafting could defeat vineyards ravaged by phylloxera and made good use of this knowledge by buying up huge amounts of prime vineyards very cheaply. In fact, their land in Chablis still has an Appellation Contrôlée for beef as well as wine as at one point, when phylloxera meant vines were so worthless, all the farmers switched to beef. They have been organic for over 20 years and were the first people to place beehives in Corton. They were purchased by Louis Latour in 2003, but are still run by the descendants of the founding family.
Pinot Auxerrois is a Pinot Blanc lookalike grape that is actually the second most planted variety in Alsace and is mainly used in the production of their sparkling wine. However, in this plot located 12 km west of Beaune they use the fruit for a still wine.
It has a fruity nose with notes of white flowers. On the palate there are apple and citrus notes which gives a nice freshness to the waxy/creamy texture.