★★ Great Wine “Citrus peel and white pear combine to create a rich but fruity aroma. It’s followed through on the palate with a rounded but bright style of Chardonnay. Notes of apple, nuts, and local honey over light, tight tannins and a long, fresh finish.”
100% Chardonnay with 12.5% abv. Grown on chalk soils in Verzé in the Mâconnais.
Grown in: Verzé, Mâconnais, Burgundy, FRANCE.
The wine’s still youthful, so if you’re going to enjoy it at this stage in its life then the fruitiness is still forthright and makes it an excellent pairing with a cheeseboard. Should you have the patience (or will) to age it, then the nutty and honeyed notes of the wine will develop, making it a stylish pairing with roast poultry or pork dishes.
Disclosure & Price
Tasted at the Beckford Bottle Shop annual tasting.
£24.95 Beckford Bottle Shop, Bath.
Reviewed and tasted: 5 November 2022
About the Producer
Nicolas Maillet is the fourth generation winemaker of his namesake family estate in the Verzé, a village commune in the northwest of Mâcon. The vines are at least 50 years old and planted on chalky, limestone soils with southeast aspect. Since 2010 his estate has been farmed organically and he has engaged in some biodynamic practices since 2013. His primary specialism is Chardonnay, making up 75% of his production, with the rest divided with plantings of Pinot Noir, Gamay and Aligoté. His wines are cool fermented with natural yeast and can last as long as 18 months.