This wine from the region of Haspengouw in Belgium is a true Belgian corker!
Peter Colemont, the winegrower, has been creating wines to equal the great white Burgundy wines for many years. And successfully so, because of the micro-climate and the excellent terroir, on which the vineyard is situated.
"The owner of Clos d’Opleeuw (pronounced “Oplayoh”) is Peter Colemont, a thoroughly modest grower and teacher of oenology and tasting at in Hasselt. He has worked with several top domaines in the CÔte d’Or, has learnt a great deal about viticulture from Bernard Dugat-Py and maintains a commercial relationship with Albert Grivault whose Meursaults he imports into Belgium.
"He is blessed with a true Clos, a one-hectare walled vineyard on a south-facing slope which you can see on the domaine’s excellent website here. The vines were seven years old in 2001 and the yield was 27 hl/ha. Clos d’Opleeuw Chardonnay 2001 was aged for a year in half new, half second-year casks made of French oak as well as one cask of Belgian(!) oak from Colemont’s village Gors-Opleeuw. Truly this wine has some major selling points. Unfiltered and unfined, it is very fine without being at all exaggerated in its expression of fruit with oak ageing and battonage. The alcohol level is a friendly 12%."
Clos d’Opleeuw Chardonnay 2001 Haspengouw
Edition: 20 March 2007