29 November 2018

The immense potential of the Maconnais terroirs

The Mâconnais, 100km south of Puligny remains one of the hidden jewels of Burgundy. As in Côte d'Or, the extraordinary diversity of its "terroirs"can be revealed by the winemaker's love for its vines, its soils and by working them delicately and respectfully. 

After many years of observation and tests, we have identified specific "climats"that have shown, over the years, remarkable consistency in tasting. The first two are in the Verzé valley and the other under the Solutré rock. 

Verzé is a valley oriented north-south slightly elevated and whose climate is significantly colder than Solutré and even Puligny. The harvest begins there traditionally a week after the end of the Solutré harvest, less than 15km further south. 

From the 2017 vintage we will present in addition to the Mâcon-Verzé, a Mâcon-Verzé "les Chênes" from two parcels south-west facing and a Mâcon-Verzé "Le Monté" located above the hamlet of Escolles on a plateau rich in flint. These cuvéesof Mâcon-Verzé are matured in a combination of stainless steel and concrete vats to which we add about 10% of at least one year old oak barrels in order to express the complexity of these soils. 

Similarly in the Pouilly-Fuissé which are, in our opinion, at the first growth level when well made, we have identified two specific parcels amongst the dozen that make up, at the Domaine, this appellation: Pouilly-Fuissé "La Chaneau" and Pouilly Fuissé "En Vigneraie". Chaneau is facing due east with a particular soil with a strong proportion of red ochre. In Vigneraie is, however, facing south and is part of the terroirsapplying for the official premier cru classification.