Biodynamic, Certified Organic
Vineyards & Viticulture
South-southeast facing parcel, at the border of Volnay-Santenots. Clos du Cromin was planted to red grapes until 1971, when the Bonin family replanted the site to Chardonnay. A 10ha lieu-dit that was once a stone quarry. Bonin's plot is at the upper-slope of the vineyard with a thinner top-soil.
Deep clay, "Marnes Blanches" with small pebbles
Harvest & Vinification
Grapes are hand-harvested based on the lunar calendar and gently pressed. The resulting wines are aged sur lie in oak barrels with no sulfur additions, only active CO2 to protect the wine in barrel. Only one stirring of the lees at the very beginning stages of fermentation to keep the lees in suspension during malolactic, once the wine reaches approximately 3g/L of residual sugar. Once the lees completely settle, there is no more bâtonnage after April/May. No racking of the wines during élevage, only one racking before going into tank in December for four months prior to bottling in March. The wines are racked just once from their lees just before bottling, in synchronization with the lunar calendar, to ensure a naturally clear and stable state with the lowest atmospheric pressure for lees to be able to fully settle, thus avoiding fining and filtration. Longer barrel aging allows for fully dry wines below 1g/L r.s.