Domaine de la Verpaille - one of our best selling white producers every year
Most of us are rather partial to a glass or two of Chardonnay, particularly when it is from France. Located just south of Beaune, the Macon, which is part of Burgundy, is producing increasingly fine wines. The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson says "The slightly warmer climate than that of the Cote d'Or suits the Chardonnay grape, which seems gloriously at home in the Maconnais."
I discovered Domaine de la Verpaille a few years ago They produce wines biodynamically from unbelievably old vines and sell them at a remarkable price.
The wines are not big and broad, but are fine and mineral, with some similarities to Chablis.
We have previously imported 2010 and 2011 of which there are a few stray bottles in stock. The top wines in particular are difficult to tell from much more famous names in the Cote d'Or that cost several times as much.
So it is with pleasure that we offer all four wines from the terrific 2012 vintage.
If you liked the 2010's and 2011's you will love the 2012's. They too are mineral wines, with lovely freshness and vibrancy and the wonderful juice of 2012. Remember: Domaine de la Verpaille was awarded the New Talent Award from French Guide La Revue du Vin de France in 2012.
Order at our Pre Arrival Prices and save 15%.
2012 Macon Villages Vieilles Vignes
Normal Price $32.50
Pre Arrival $27.50
Case Price $312.00
When they say Vieilles Vignes (old vines) they really mean it! This remarkable wine is produced from 115+ year old Chardonnay vines!
Alway fresh, bright and fine. Not the broad style of Macon often seen. Fragrant and lively with citric notes. Complexity from the old vines. Somewhat reminiscent of fine Chablis (only half the price). Great drinking and tremendous value.
2012 Vire-Clesse "Majeure"
Pre Arrival Price $30.95
The Viré-Clessé AOC is located in the northern part of the Mâconnais subregion, north of the town of Macon. Only Chardonnay is allowed for white wines.
This wine is from 60 year old vines grown on south-east facing slopes of clay-limestone soil
2012 Vire-Clesse "Longchamp"
Pre Arrival Price $39.50
Longchamp is a plot in Vere-Clesse that is vinified separately. The vines are 65+ years old.
Vinified in French oak barrels. Fuller than the village wine, this cuvee shows the benefits of the climat with great mouthfeel finishing with mineral and flint. More complex, spicy and interesting and more in a white Burgundy style. I like this cuvee very much.
2012 Vire-Clesse "Virolis"
Pre Arrival Price $42.50
A very special climat vinified separately with a small amount of new oak.
Vine age for this wine is 70+ years and the minerality in the soil is expressed in the wine. The fruit is powerful enough to swallow up the oak which plays a supporting act. Serious and delicious.
Pre Arrival Price $421.35
Contains 3 bottles of each wine. Great if you want to taste them all or can't make up your mind!
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