Roger and Christine Saumaize (née Michelin) have meticulously made every effort to put everything in place to achieve the full potential of their vineyards. The vines have been bio-dynamically farmed since 2005, vineyard work is primarily manual, and great importance is attached to the maintenance of bacterial life and the management of flora and micro flora diversity. Mastery of these elements in the vineyard is key to obtaining quality grapes and produce wines that accurately represent the Mâconnais terroir. The 9.50 hectare estate is located in Vergisson and has limestone, trias rock and marl terroirs. Each vineyard parcel has a unique biodiversity.
As a child Roger Saumaize quickly gained awareness and respect for nature and the environment, principles that still guide him today. He works like an artist when he crafts his exceptional wines, letting himself be guided by emotions, observations and intuition. The harvest is manual and the pressing is done very delicately. Yields are controlled, the phenolic maturity is very precise, and each terroir perfectly expresses itself. The estate is now recognized as one of Burgundy’s great white wine producers. Roger’s and Christine’s passion is reflected in their wines.
The Mâconnais is Burgundy’s southernmost vineyard region. Its limestone subsoil covered with clay or silt is ideally suited for making superb whites that easily stand up to those from the renowned Côte d’Or. The area is sunnier and warmer, and the risks of frost and hail are lower. The esteemed domaines and winemakers primarily work in the southern part of the region, in the Saint-Véran and Pouilly-Fuissé appellations. The Viré and Clessé villages, located on a limestone strip in the northern section, also produce good, plump Burgundian Chardonnay.
The southern section of the Mâconnais has several well-known appellations such as Pouilly Fuissé and Vergisson, for example. It is in these vineyards, at the foot of spectacular rock formations like Solutré and Vergisson, that fine Chardonnays is grown that regularly is skilfully vinified into remarkable white wines.