Floral apple blossom notes, a creamy texture is overlaid by baskets of red apple and orchard fruit. Notes of nectarine and honey, too, whilst also being crisp and fresh. Unashamedly fruity flavours, well balanced with simple, but fun fruit. Unctuous but so moreish. Generous, fruity, unoaked St Veran.
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.
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.