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The Miolane estate is an ancient family-run business, which has been handed down through the generations and is located in the village of Saint-Aubin in the prestigious Cote d'Or area. Operations are run by Patrick Miolane, a larger-than-life character who took over operations in 1983 at the age of 20, and his dynamic, forward-thinking daughter, Barbara, who joined him in 2005. They make a perfect pair, each responsible for their own sphere of activity: Dad looks after the vineyard; Barbara is in charge of the wine-making and marketing.*
The estate produces wines from the AOCs of Saint-Aubin, Chassagne-Montrachet, and Puligny-Montrachet, including premier cru, villages, and regional wines. The whites very much reflect the local growing conditions (the terroir), in particular the mineral quality of the soil.*
After studying at the Grandchamp agricultural school, Barbara acquired experience in the wine business on other estates, first at Chassagne-Montrachet, then in the Loire region, and finally in the United States. “It was important for me to see how things are done elsewhere”, explains Barbara. “There is a great deal to be learned from others, especially regarding the commercial side of the business. I have also had the opportunity to taste many different wines, and this has helped me to decide what I want to do here on the family estate.”*
Patrick and Barbara work the whole of the estate on "lutte raisonnée" principles, that is, conserving the environment and reducing chemical treatments to a minimum. They do not use herbicides, for instance, and each plot is plowed/cultivated to ensure that the soil is well-aerated and receives plenty of oxygen. The vines themselves are carefully and expertly managed. The operation of "echitinage", removing a proportion of the new shoots to control yields is scrupulously performed from May onward. Harvesting does not begin until the grapes are fully ripened.*
Producer Name: Domaine Patrick Miolane
Old/New World: Old World
Country of Origin: France
Sub-Region: Cote d'Or
Appellation: Saint-Aubin 1er Cru "Les Charmois' AOC
Village/Vineyard/Climat: 1er Cru "Les Charmois"
Quality Designation: AOC
Grape Varietals: Chardonnay 100%
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body White
Viticultural Features: the whole of the estate is run on "lutte raisonnée" principles, that is, conserving the environment and reducing chemical treatments to a minimum.
Winemaking Techniques: Fermentation is begun slowly, using native yeasts. The wine is then aged in oak barrels for 12 months.
Winemakers: Patrick and Barbara Miolane
Container Type: green glass Burgundy bottle
Closure Style: cork
*from winery/importer notes
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