Archive for the ‘Mâcon’ category

Domaine Leflaive Macon-Verze 2006

January 21, 2009

img_5226I was pleased to find the 2006 edition of this wine at my local liquor shop the other day, as I remember the one from the stellar 2005 vintage as an absolute cracker. After reading the raving (95 points!) review by Wino sapien a few weeks ago, I decided to check things out myself. This light straw coloured wine shows a nose that runs through aromas of citrus, melon and ample stonefruit, all to be found back on a palate where round, somewhat plumb fatness is balanced by mineral-infused purity. There is no doubt that this wine is seriously good, made with integrity, authentic and true to its appellation, but I tend to prefer the leanness of the 2005Don’t get me wrong, this wine is still very good and absolutely worth every cent, it’s just my preference… hence 89 points.

Source: Negociants Australia  Price: $49  Drink: Now-2011

Web: www.leflaive.fr

Other vintages: 2005

Les Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon-Chardonnay ‘Clos de la Crochette’ 2004

December 10, 2007

img_3771.jpgDominique Lafon was the first Côte d’Or superstar to expand his holdings into the Mâconnais followed by Domaine Leflaive. By taking on vineyards here they have breathe new life and prestige into this by cooperatives dominated region. Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon produces wines ranging from generic Mâcon up to four single-vineyard wines, including the Clos de la Crochette. First planted with vines by the monks of the once so influent abbey of Cluny, this 2.6 ha walled vineyard is believed to be one of the oldest growing sites of Chardonnay in the world hence the name of the village. With the same biodynamic techniques as used in his Meursault domaine, Lafon has crafted a delicious wine that shows the regions true potential. Light straw in the glass the nose offers lucious stonefruit framed by a touch of vanillin oak while the intense palate is a bit more reticent with tones of grapefruit towards a bone dry finish. This lacy, elegant and focused wine could easily be cellared for another couple of years although I love its youthful vibrancy. 89 points

Source: Negociants Australia  Price: $54  Drink: Now-2010

Domaine Leflaive Macon-Verze 2005

November 8, 2007

img_3645.jpgThe AOC system of the Mâconnais is as pyramid-like as in the Côte d’Or. The majority of wines consists of Mâcon and Mâcon-Supérieure but true quality starts with Mâcon-Villages, the Pouilly appellations and St-Véran. In Verzé, one of the forty-three villages that can append their name to that of the appellation, the in Puligny-Montrachet based Domaine Lefaive runs a 9.4 hectare property consisting of 5 different vineyards. The same biodynamic principles and techniques as used in the Côte d’Or are applied in Verzé resulting in a wine that shows the Domaine’s reputation is well deserved. Light straw in the glass a clean and fresh nose displays lovely stonefruit aromas that lead to a crisp, lively, concentrated and well balanced palate with a lot of  lemony freshness at the finish. This whistle-clean Chardonnay offers stunning quality for a Mâcon-Villages and with prices just under $70 at Langton’s I would buy whatever I could now. 90 points.

Source: Negociants Australia  Price: $48  Drink: Now-2010+

Web: www.leflaive.fr

Domaine Cordier Mâcon ‘Aux Bois d’Allier’ 2005

August 26, 2007

img_3700.jpgTo find good and affordable white Burgundies I frequently look for wines from the Côte Chalonnaise and Maconnais. Especially the ones from excellent vintages like 2005 can prove to be real treasures at a much lower price than their counterparts from the Côte d’Or. From the hands of talented winemaker Christophe Cordier even this generic Mâcon is crafted into a charmingly generous and straightforward Chardonnay. The nose of this straw coloured wine shows fresh and intense aromas of white flowers, pear, grapefruit and nectarine with hints of honey, nuts, vanilla and yogurt added by the barrel and malo-lactic fermentation. The palate is rich and textural with fairly sweet fruit characters seamless giving way to a fresh, mineral and zesty acidity on the finish. This wine offers a complexity and balance that is rarely seen on this level. 90 points.

Source: Vintage & Vine/Liquid Library  Price: $47  Drink: Now-2009