St Veran, Les Pommards, 2016

  Domaine des Vieilles Pierres

St Veran, Les Pommards, 2016 £105.00 An unoaked wine from vines planted on less stony and more clay-orientated soils than the domaine’s other vineyards. Fresh yet buttery this is a beautifully-crafted example and delivers just what people want and expect of the Maconnais. Luscious, textured, full bodied yet sufficiently crisp. Such plump exuberant and well-defined ripe fruit characteristics of juicy apples and pears.

Contains Sulphites.

About Domaine des Vieilles Pierres

Talented grower Jean-Jacques Litaud is a dedicated man with a small holding of well-placed old vines overlooked by the towering rock of Vergisson, in the southern part of the Maconnais. He describes his Domaine as being “Le maximum traditionel”, the emphasis being on hard vineyard work, little intervention in the cellars and an elevage of at least 10 months in a mixture of vat and old and new wood barriques. This extended ageing avoids the need for the life-sapping necessity of heavy filtration and is instrumental in helping Jean-Jacques produce hand-made wines of such striking personality and presence.

Appellation: St Veran

An appellation in the Mâconnais created in 1971 for white wines made from Chardonnay. The appellation is based between the more generic Mâcon appellation and Pouilly-Fuissé, there are seven communes in total including Davayé, Solutré-Pouilly, and Prissé where the soils are the classic Burgundian limestone base. There a small number of good quality producers here, and many fine examples are also made by Pouilly-Fuissé producers, too. St-Véran can be similarly round, buttery and appley as a Mâcon-Villages but with more body and complexity, though they never reach the depth and power of a Pouilly-Fuissé.

Grape Type: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most widely-grown and versatile of all white grape varieties. As a relatively neutral grape, it offers a near transparent map of winemaking style, climate and terroir. It is the ideal grape variety for Burgundy, where it serves to mirror the complex nuances of the myriad of terroirs found in this hallowed land. Chardonnay produces a variety of wines from the minerally and unoaked styles found in Chablis, the fatter nuttier examples in Meursault, to the tropical fruit-driven versions found in the New World. It is also the major grape variety in Champagne, where it produces lively floral wines, namely in the Côte de Blancs. It can be found throughout Europe and the New World thanks to its versatility. As a non-aromatic variety, it has an affinity with oak, whether new or used, French or American.