Domaine Michel Mallard et Fils - Ladoix 'Le Clos Royer' Blanc 2021


At the foot of the slopes of the Hill of Corton, the parcel Le Clos Royer enjoys a sunny southeastern exposure overlooking the commune of Ladoix-Serrigny. Originally a park, this vineyard enclosure became the property of Dr. Royer who planted vines in the 1950s before becoming the property of the Domaine Michel Mallard et Fils.

Clos Royer sits in shallow to heavy soil, with a clayey to clayey-sand texture and moderate stone content. The composition was the result of the weathering of oolitic and bioclastic limestones (skeleton remains of living organisms) from the formation of limestone deposits between Dijon and Corton. This soil composition allows for a good aeration of the soil.

On receiving the grapes, we carefully sort them at the winery. The grapes are treaded and gently pressed in a pneumatic press.  Some of the juice is then drawn off into stainless steel vats, and the rest is placed in French oak barrels. Alcoholic fermentation begins thanks to the activation of the indigenous yeast (yeast naturally present in the grape must).

Aging is an essential step for achieving a quality wine, and this is why we take special care in selecting our barrels. The Ladoix blanc Clos Royer is designed to be kept for many years, it is aged 12 months in 20% new wood casks (350-litre capacity). We strive to preserve the aromatic uniqueness of this nectar by bringing out its personality and not trying to conceal it. The cask is a true ally for ensuring the wine’s complexity; it bestows the cuvée with a certain seduction and greed.

The Ladoix blanc Clos Royer reveals notes of quince, apricot and acacia on the nose. In the mouth, its amplitude and bold taste counterbalance its spontaneous freshness. Its fruity and floral aroma is topped off with flinty notes.

Note: this is Michel's top village wine and is a single vineyard. A great introduction to the whites of Michel Mallard and is a solid example of the quality of wines coming from Ladoix. 

Producer: Domaine Michel Mallard et Fils

Country: France

Region: Burgundy

Varietal: Chardonnay 

Appellation: Ladoix 

Vintage: 2021

Size: 750ml