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.
A white wine appellation in the Mâconnais region of Burgundy. The appellation encompasses 850 ha spread accross the communes of Fuissé, Solutré, Pouilly, Vergisson, and Chaintré. The climate is warmer and the harvest earlier than further north in the Côte de Beaune, the wines are some of the richest examples of White Burgundy to be found and when well balanced with fresh acidity or complex minerality can make for excellent quality. Though not as fine as the best of the Côte de Beaune, they are a fraction of the price and therefore make for excellent value. There is no Premier Cru system here, though single vineyard names can and do appear on labels.
The vineyards are based around the stunning rocks of Solutré and Vergisson which dominate the landscape here, they are the last outposts of the limestone plateau on which all Burgundy is based. The soil is distinctly rich in colour and can be a very deep dark red in parts, it is said that the soil was enriched thousands of years ago by animals being driven off the cliff tops by Stone Age hunters.