2018 St Véran, Château de Fuissé, Mâconnais, France

Abundant peach fruit with a flinty edge. Notes of honey and toast and a lovely fresh citrussy finish.

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay

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2018 St Véran, Château de Fuissé, Mâconnais, France

Tasting Note

Abundant peach fruit with a flinty edge. Notes of honey and toast and a lovely fresh citrussy finish. This wine is un-oaked.

Food Pairing

Tempura fish. Chicken salads

Producer Info

The Château de Fuissé has been under the ownership of the Vincent family since 1862 with each of the five generations building up the vineyard holdings and consolidating the property’s reputation as the leading producer in the Mâconnais. Today, the domaine is under the guidance of Antoine Vincent, who not only manages the running of the estate but is also responsible for the winemaking. The château remains a family home, rich in history and recognised instantly by its distinctive 15th Century pentagonal tower and renaissance porch.

The vineyards extend to over 30 hectares, spanning five appellations. Outside of the Domaine de la Conseillère in the Beaujolais Cru of Juliénas, the vineyards are planted exclusively to Chardonnay and cover some 104 different parcels of vines.

The Saint-Véran comes from vines planted on the clay and limestone soils of Vergisson, with an additional two hectare parcel planted on a cordon of silex. The two sites are harvested and fermented separately in tank and blended before bottling.

The wines of the Domaine de la Conseillère in Juliénas were introduced into the Château de Fuissé range in 2010. The Vincent family owned the vineyards but apparently not ‘the house or the swimming pool’ and it was the first time that red wine had ever been made in the Fuissé cellar. The grapes start the fermentation as whole bunches in open-top fermenters in the traditional way of vinifying the Gamay grape in the Beaujolais. The soils here are sand and granite, which give a good sense of minerality and freshness. The wines are raised half in tank and half in older barrels for around 10 months before bottling.

Regional Info

Saint-Veran is an appellation for dry white wines produced in the southern half of the Maconnais sub-region of Burgundy. The appellation is roughly divided into two islands, separated by the vineyards of Pouilly-Fuisse.

The northern half is home to the communes of Davaye, Prisse and Solutre-Pouilly, the last of which may produce both Pouilly-Fuisse and Saint-Veran wines. The southern half comprises the communes of Chanes, Chasselas, Leynes, Saint-Amour and Saint-Verand (from which the appellation gains its name). The final ‘d’ of Saint-Verand was lost due to an administrative error when the appellation laws were being drawn up in 1971.

As the southernmost appellation of Burgundy, Saint-Veran overlaps slightly with the northern edge of Beaujolais. The commune of Saint-Amour, for example, produces white wines labeled as Saint-Veran alongside the fine red Beaujolais Cru wines for which it is more widely known.

In general, Saint-Veran’s output is largely composed of wine that would previously have fallen under the less- prestigious Beaujolais Blanc title. The remainder includes wines which, in quality terms, fall somewhere between those of the Pouilly-Fuisse and Macon-Villages appellations.

All Saint-Veran wines are made exclusively from the Chardonnay grape variety. They are traditionally dry in style, yet more full-bodied than other white Burgundies. In their youth, they have floral aromas and notes of white stone fruit, developing into more honeyed, nutty aromas with age. The finest examples show a hint of pierre a fusil – the mineral, flinty aroma so prized in Burgundian white wines.

The climate in the Saint-Veran catchment area is slightly warmer than in most of Burgundy, due to its southerly location. Spring frosts, which so readily threaten vines in cooler Burgundy appellations like Chablis, are less of a danger here. The soils, while not as dominated by limestone as the slopes of neighboring Pouilly-Fuisse, have a fair proportion of chalky clay – particularly in vineyards lining the small Crosne and Arlois rivers.

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