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.
These are wines to buy and this is a domaine to follow. Terrific wines at great prices. The Underground Wine Letter, John Tilson
The 2012 St Veran les Creches, has a sophisticated bouquet that is very well-defined with fine mineralité coming through chalky, granitic scents. The palate is showing fine concentration with a lovely spicy opening that calms down toward the harmonious, silky smooth finish with touches of white pepper sprinkled over the citrus fruit. What a fantastic...