Bourgogne Blanc 2018
12-14 months in 100% seasoned French oak barriques
Shown the light in a Mâconnais winter-scape when you look at things right
Wedged between the Côte Chalonnaise and Beaujolais, the Mâconnais district’s 21 mile stretch boasts a geology not dissimilar to the famed Côte de Beaune to its north. Mâcon’s epicenter, Mont de Pouilly, rises gently with alkaline clay covering a stark limestone base, a nirvana for the Chardonnay vines in intermittent plots that laze smugly along the river Saône. The vines are traditionally Guyot (cane) pruned and the best vineyards keep yields below three tons per acre. With favorable south east exposures and agreeable weather, the potential for generous, layered whites offering some of the best value in Burgundy, and possibly the world, is unlimited.
While Mâcon is known for its fresh, simple whites, recent investment by top Burgundian producers has resulted in more conscientious winemaking. The grapes were hand-picked in early September then pressed direct, settled overnight, and fermented with indigenous yeast in seasoned barriques. This wine is matured for 12-14 months prior to bottling.
From two well sited vineyards in La Roche Vineuse and Chaintre, this is a classic white Burgundy with a bouquet of pear, nutmeg and a spiciness that pleasantly evolves into hazelnuts. The palate has a silky texture with a vibrant freshness showing off lemon meringue and roasted almonds while a slatey minerality drives the finish.