Domaine St Barbe
Domaine St Barbe Viré-Clessé ‘Chazelles’ Vielles Vignes Organic 2020
France / Burgundy
Andy's Tasting Notes
This is a bit of a star! Everything you want from quality white Burgundy. Rich fruit, creamy texture, gorgeous minerality and refreshing, balanced acidity. Also, with the added advantage of not bashing your wallet too hard!
A Domaine producing top quality Macon yet still flying somewhat under the radar in terms of recognition and reputation.
NB – Please don’t over-chill this wine!
Production notes: In the town of Viré, Jean-Marie Chaland’s 40-80 year old parcel of Chardonnay vines grow in a natural bowl which traps sunlight and gives their ripening a boost. No herbicides are used on the vineyard and the grapes are harvested by hand. After pressing, the juice is fermented at a low temperature in stainless steel vats and is aged on its lees for 10 months before being bottled.
The Chaland family has been making wine at this property for 3 generations and the vineyards have always been tilled and worked without the use of synthetic herbicides. In recognition of this work, Domaine Sainte Barbe was officially certified Agriculture Biologique (organic) in 2006.
Price per bottle £20.50
16 in stock
The Chaland family’s Chardonnay vineyards cover 8.2 hectares in the villages of Viré and Montbellet. They are divided into 23 plots across three appellations: Viré-Clessé (5.7 ha), Mâcon-Villages (2 ha) and Mâcon (0.5 ha). Since the 2012 vintage, the Chalands also cultivate 80 ares of old vine Gamay in the Mâcon-Burgy appellation. Old vines, 50 to 100 years of age, make up 75% of the domaine’s vineyards as the depth and complexity of flavour these vines provide cannot be replicated. The grapes are manually harvested, fermentation takes place with naturally-occurring yeasts, and minimal quantities of sulphites are added.
Food matchA creamy vegetable gratin