Roger Saumaize is considered as one of the best Mâconnais winemakers and his white wines, produced with skill and elegance, have awarded him peer and industry recognition. Nervous, round and dense, this Saint-Véran has a nice balance between maturity and freshness, supported by a straight, well-integrated oak. A charming wine full of finesse that reveals some tropical notes frequent for this appellation.
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 Saint Véran!
The Wine Advocate, Neal Martin - 91 points, Les Crèches 2012
Initially soft, the wood and the ripe fruits of this wine develop slowly in the mouth. Then it becomes rich, generous, although with great acidity from the green plum and pink grapefruit freshness. A balanced wine, it will develop well into 2016 and can be drunk now.
Wine Enthusiast, Roger Voss - 90 points, Les Crèches 2013
Light golden yellow in color this Saint Veran is another lovely wine with early appeal and a lot of charm. There is a tropical note in the wine along with hints of citrus, peach and spice. Rounded and quite lush and flavorful it is also a very good value.
The Underground Wine Letter - John Tilson - Highly Recommended Plus
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.
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.
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