Saint-Véran `Vieilles Vignes`, Domaine Corsin, Burgundy, France, 2018
Domaine Corsin has established an excellent reputation for making wines in Saint Véran and Pouilly-Fuissé since 1864. They were among the first to label the wines as Pouilly-Fuissé and Mâcon blanc. Joseph Jacquet, the founder of the domaine, had only two hectares of Chardonnay when he started making wine. In 1971, with the advent of the Saint Véran appellation, Joseph’s grandson André acquired new vineyards in Davayé and Pouilly-Fuissé. His two sons, Jean-Jacques and Gilles, subsequently joined him in the family business. Today, the domaine, now in its fifth generation, owns 13.6 hectares of Chardonnay in the Mâconnais. The grapes were harvested by hand before being gently pressed, cold fermented and aged on the lees in stainless steel tanks. 35% of the wine was matured in old oak vats, with the rest being matured in stainless steel for 8 months prior to blending and bottling. After a mild winter, spring brought a devastating spell of cold weather which hits a record area of vines with an historic late frost at the end of April. Episodes of hail that followed on the Mâconnais and the northern parts of the Bourgogne ensured that this would be one of the smallest vintages of the last two decades. The vines subsequently began their growth cycle later than usual but hot sunny weather from June enabled the vines to catch up, with flowering, budburst, and ripening happened undisturbed, with the weather remaining fine and settled through the rest of the season. Harvesting began on 20 September and continued through to mid-October. This vineyard benefits from a north-easterly exposure, it is situated around the village of Davayé. The Chardonnay vines are rooted in clay-limestone soils at an altitude of 200 metres, and have an average age of 40 years.
Food pairing: They pair beautifully with fried or pan-seared fish, seafood and mushrooms.
Domaine Corsin's Saint-Véran ‘Vieilles Vignes’ has a glinting light gold colour with green hues. Its complex bouquet shows aromas of fruit and white flowers, intertwined with woody notes. On the palate, this wine is full and round with a prolonged minerality and slightly acidic flavour. 100% Chardonnay.
Winemaker: André Corsin
Alcohol (ABV): 13 %