|Grape/Varietal : Chardonnay||Color : White|
|Origin : France||Bottle Size : 1.5 L|
|Region : Burgundy, Pouilly-Fuisse||ABV : 13.5%|
|Vintage : 2014||Natural Factor: No Added Sulphur, Organic.|
The wines of Macon are often maligned for their simplicity and breadth - well, that's not the case with the wines of Domaine Valette.
Baptiste and Philippe Valette are following in the footsteps of their father, Gerrard, producing exceptional wines from their family holdings in Mâcon-Chaintré. These wines, grown without pesticides and made without additions, have elevated themselves above the pack in their home region.
The combination of enforced lower yields and old vines (40-years-old) sees this Chardonnay show much more power and intensity than you might expect from Macon. It's plush, devastatingly delicious in texture, full of weight and, importantly, fresh to drink. If you are interested in the underground artisan movement in this region, this wine would be a very god place to start.
Vinification is all natural: no sulphur, no cultured yeasts, no chaptalization, no acidification - no augmentation at all. Elevage is for twenty-four months on fine lees in tank (20%) and older barrels (80%). The way Philippe Valette works is similar that of Claude Maréchal in the Cote de Beaune which is to say meticulous care of the vineyards and a way of making wine with minimal intervention in a natural manner. The result is extravagant but very elegant Chardonnays. All graceful, delicate and exciting with beautiful fresh acid and without the flatness and boredom that wine from this region can often possess.
Pairs Well With:
Stir fry Sesame Pork
Mild Orange - Some Feeling