Stephane Regnault Lydien No. 14 Grand Cru

Stéphane Regnault took over his family’s domaine in 2007, after working as an aerospace engineer and a sommelier in Paris and London. The domaine includes four hectares of Chardonnay divided equally between the legendary chalk terroirs of the Grand Cru villages Oger and Le Mesnil.

From vines planted between 1950 and 1980 on light soil with chalk, the grapes for this wine were hand-harvested and aged ⅓ in used barrels, and ⅔ in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation is neither blocked nor encouraged—Stéphane allows the wine to take its course each year, tasting regularly to determine the right moment to blend the barrels and tanks.

Stéphane is a passionate jazz saxophone player, and names his cuvées after different jazz modes that the wines remind him of. His wines are both soulful and precise, embodying generations of tradition, while embracing new technique.

$119

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