Situated in a region packed with historical interest, this award-winning Domaine is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Saône Plain in Mâcon.
Most of this Domaine’s vineyards were originally cultivated by monks at the Medieval Christian Abbey at Cluny. Established in 1921 by Jean Pierre Marillier, this 45 hectare family-owned estate is now expertly run by rising star winemaker Mikaël Marillier who is now creating benchmark Mâcon-Village wines.
100% Chardonnay from 40 year old vines.
Simple and very attractive white Burgundy.
Clean and fresh with soft fruit and gentle balancing acidity.
Based in the village of Vergisson the Drouin family domaine comprises some 11 hectares and is run by Thierry and son Charles-Edouard. Established for several generations it comprises 6ha of prime Pouilly Fuissé vineyards and 3ha of Macon Villages.
The grapes for the Mâcon-Bussières are from low-yielding 35 year old vines planted with a north-west exposure.
The wine is aged for 8 months in 500-litre oak barrels on fine lees to extract maximum flavour and texture.
Pale straw yellow in appearance, the nose of the wine has rich aromas of vanilla, pear and pineapple as well as white flowers. On the palate, the expression is elegant, middle-weight and pure with a touch of citrus/mineral flavour on the finish.
Situated in Davayé, at the foot of the rock of Solutré, the Chavet family have 12 hectares under vine, 10 of which are in the appellation of St Véran. The current custodian, Christophe, is the sixth generation of Chavets to manage the Domaine.
The vines, which average around 30 years old, are planted on stoney, clay-limestone soils facing south-east to south-west. The planting density is an unusually high 8,000 vines per hectare.
After a combination of machine and hand-picking, a stringent selection and gentle pressing, the wine is simply fermented in cuve at around 18 °C for 6-7 weeks. Once the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations are completed, the wine spends a further 4-5 months in cuve, sur lie, prior to bottling the following spring.
The resulting wine is fine, crisp, clean, and soft with fresh minerally.
A great introduction to white Burgundy, or, for the already converted, a lovely, affordable treat!
Vignerons for 5 generations, Domaine Vessigaud is a small, family-owned property situated in the hamlet of Pouilly, in the heart of the Pouilly-Fuissé appéllation.
The grapes for “Le Haute de Fuissé” are from 15-25 year old Chardonnay vines grown in a 2 hectare vineyard on the higher hillsides of Fuissé – they are characterised by producing wines with good minerality, fine structure and elegance. The soils are a mixture of clay and limestone and the general aspect of the vineyard is south/south west.
The harvest is manual followed by fermentation in a mixture of casks and vats using only natural yeasts. The young wine is allowed to rest on its lees to add depth and complexity before being aged in old oak casks for 10 months.
Pale straw in appearance, the nose has ripe fruit with zesty citrus notes in the background. The palate is round and generous with layered tropical fruit flavours supported by fresh acidity and elegant minerality. The wood flavours are restrained.
Eric is a young vigneron, based in the village of Vergisson, and currently has 4.8 hectares of vines planted between 1930 and 1979. He has inherited a great knowledge of nature and biodynamics from his grandfather and this has been a major influence in his approach to viticulture and winemaking.
All grapes are hand picked and fermented and matured for ten to fifteen months in barriques and demi-muids. The wines are hand bottled and are, usually, unfiltered.
The Pouilly Fuissé L’Ame Forest is a blend of two complementary, individual vineyards – “Les Tilliers” and ” La Côte” located on the northern slope of the Vergisson hill. The resultant wine is full, rich and minerally with great length.
Pale straw in appearance, the fresh nose displays citrus and stone fruit aromas. Elegant on the palate, with a lively attack. A saline and mineral wine with subtle and harmonious oak flavours. A very long finish.
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