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Croix Senaillet  St. Veran En Pommards 2017

Croix Senaillet  St. Veran En Pommards is made from 100% Chardonnay

This Saint-Véran En Pommards is produced from 50 year old Chardonnay grapes organically grown on limestone marls.
Bright golden color, ample and complex wine offering small berry, ripe apple and dry apricot aromas. The discreet toasty notes brings volume, juicy texture mingled with the freshness of the fruits. A beautiful balance and great aging potential for this delicious Chardonnay.

Vineyard
Surface area : 1.50 ha.
Soil : limestone marl, 30% of slope.
North-east facing parcel situated halfway up the hillsides.
Grape variety : organically-grown Chardonnay.
Plantation density : 8.500 vinestocks per ha.
Age of vines : 45 years
Vines are pruned in the Mâconnais style Acure system.

Harvesting at optimal maturity.
Destemming to avoid herbaceous tastes.
Slow and soft pneumatic pressing at low pressure to favor the purity of the juice and the aromatic expression.
Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats and oak barrels at slow and controlled temperature until January.
Malolactic fermentation.
Aging for 8 months on fine lees, 50% in oak casks.
Blending of the juice vinified in the vat with the juice vinified in cask.

Pairs well with scallops with saffron, rabbit in blanquette,
pike perch with butter.

Croix Senaillet Pouilly-Fuisse AOC 2016


Bright gold color. The wine expresses delicate toasty notes, subtle caramel, almonds and ripe fruits aromas. The mouth is round, ample. The oak is well integrated giving volume, depth and a juicy finish. This elegant and well-balanced wine shows the minerality of the Pouilly-Fuisse terroir and presents a great ageing potential

   Surface area : 59 ares located in the village of Solutré and Fuissé.

Soil : Jurassic limestones mixed with platy marl.
South and North-east facing parcel.
Grape variety : organically-grown Chardonnay.
Plantation density 8.000 vinestocks per ha.
Age of vines : 70 years.
Very low yield focusing on concentration.

Harvest at full maturity; destemming; slow and gentle pneumatic pressing to ensure purity of fruit and extract fine aromas.
Very slow alcoholic fermentation partly in demi-muids of 228L. Malolactic fermentation
Aging on the lees for 10 months; stirring of the lees.

Pair with bresse traditional chicken served with Burgundian truffles, roasted lobster with cream of avocado, pork tenderloin with bacon and sweet potatoes.

Review:

"Centered on generous apple and lime fruit, this wine holds tight and firm, lasting on cool brightness. The citrus-zest bitterness will work well with halibut en croute.”
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (April 2019), 90 pts

 90 Points
Croix Senaillet St. Veran Les Rochats 2017

Croix Senaillet St. Veran Les Rochats is made from 100 percent Chardonnay.

This Saint Véran Les Rochats is produced from 50 year old Chardonnay grapes that are organically grown.
Clear golden color with light green reflections. The wine has a rich and complex bouquet with a wide array of aromas: pear, nougat, wild peach and kiwi. The mouth is rich and dense bringing freshness with a nice volume and finishing on a light exotic note.

Vineyard
Surface area : 1 Ha.
Soil : limestone soil from the Jurassic period, covered by pebbles acting like a filtering soil.
South-east facing parcel on half-hills.
Grape variety : organically-grown Chardonnay.
Plantation density : 8.500 vinestocks per ha.
Age of vines : 50 years.
Mâconnais style pruning quite short, with 10 to 12 buds.

Hand-harvesting at optimal maturity.
Destemming to avoid herbaceous taste.
Slow and gentle pneumatic pressuring guarantees purity of juice and extraction of the finest aromas.
Very slow alcoholic fermentation in stainless still tank.
Malolactic fermentation.
Aging in stainless steel tanks for 9 months with gentle stirring of fine lees.

Pairs well with shrimp risotto, sautéed veal with eggplant.


Guillemot-Michel Vire-Clesse Quintaine 2016


Guillemot-Michel Vire-Clesse is made from 100 percent Chardonnay

Aged on the lees for a few months. No Oak.

Ripe passion fruit and pineapple on the nose, and fresh minerality. Very rich on the palate, well balanced. Honey, tropical fruit flavors and a great finish. The wine is excellent.

 


Review:


"Notes of Acacia honey, musky peach, beeswax, fresh apricot and dried white flowers introduce the 2016 Viré-Clessé, a silky, medium to full-bodied wine with exceptional concentration, textural elegance and length on the finish. Despite its ripeness and subtly botrytis-inflected character, it's underpinned by tangy acids and remains beautifully balanced and integrated. This is well worth seeking out. – William Kelley"

- The Wine Advocate (August 31st 2018), 93 pts

"Medium yellow. Yellow fruits, orange blossom, smoke and flint on the nose and palate. Thick and saline on entry, then seriously deep in the mid-palate, with suggestions of exotic fruits perfectly countered by strong saline minerality. I love the balance of sweet and salty elements and vibrant acidity. The slowly rising finish is very long and smooth. This wine, made from vineyards that have been Demeter-certified for more than two decades, boasts a thickness that few 2016s from the northern Mâconnais can match. I'd love to follow this unctuous yet energetic Viré-Clessé as it loses some of its baby fat but it's approachable already owing to its texture and balance. - Stephen Tanzer"

- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2017), 92 pts

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 92 Wine Advocate: 93
Janny Condemine Macon-Peronne Le Clou 2016

Condemine Janny Macon-Peronne Le Clou is made from 100% Chardonnay.
Sustainable agriculture: very low use of chemicals.
Very low amount of SO2 before bottling.
Wine is aged on the fine lees for a minimum of 4 months, which adds complexity and lenght to the finish.

A light golden hue, floral aromas. Intense, clean and fresh on the palate. Citrus notes, bold acidity. Excellent match to seafood with butter or cream sauces or rich blue cheeses

Saumaize Michelin Macon-Villages 2014

Harmonious, fresh and clean aromas of fresh apple, lemon, orange blossom, white flower. Pure, crisp, silky and fine texture. Ripe fruit flavors and good acidity.

The vines are 40-45 years old of age on average. All of the wines are 100% barrel fermented and 100% M-L fermentation

Excellent with poultry served with a creamy sauce. (The locals enjoy it with Poulet de Bresse / Bresse Chicken).

Saumaize Michelin Pouilly Fuisse Vignes Blanches 2015

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Saumaize Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Vignes Blanches is 100 percent Chardonnay.

White peach, pear aromas; brioche nuances. Mineral, rich and full flavored and complex wine. 

The vines are 40-45 years old of age on average. All of the wines are 100% barrel fermented and 100% M-L fermentation.


   Review:

"This rich wine is full of ripe yellow and melon fruitiness, showing the ripeness of the vintage. It has just the right acidity to balance the opulent fruit and the spice from wood aging. Drink now."
-  Wine Enthusiast (November 2017), 90 pts

 Wine Enthusiast: 90
Saumaize Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Pentacrine 2014

 Saumaize Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Pentacrine made from 100 percent Chardonnay.

This is named after a 5-sided marine shell fossil often found in Pouilly-Fuissé.
Tropical fruit and citrus aromas are followed by complex citrus and apple flavors balanced by a refreshing acidity.

The vines are 40-45 years old of age on average. All of the wines are 100% barrel fermented and 100% M-L fermentation.

Saumaize Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Ronchevats 2016

Saumaize Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Ronchevats is made from 100 percent Chardonnay.

Powerful and warm wine offering quince and sweet fruit aromas. Thick and toasty. Rich and well textured.

Review:

"(from southwest-facing vines on soil rich in clay, with clumps of calcaire; done in fûts, including a bit of new oak): Bright medium yellow. Expressive, perfumed aromas of peachy fruit salad and spicy oak. Quite rich and thick but also vibrant and alive, with its subtle peachy high tones framed by bracing citrussy acidity. Needs time in bottle to harmonize and knit. This is not a particularly mineral site, according to Christine Saumaize. Incidentally, the family's 2016 Le Haut des Crays was scheduled to be bottled in November. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2017), 91 pts

Saumaize-Michelin Macon-Vergisson Sur la Roche 2016

Saumaize-Michelin Macon-Vergisson Sur la Roche is made from 100 percent Chardonnay

Harmonious, fresh and clean aromas of fresh apple, lemon, orange blossom, white flower. Pure, crisp, silky and fine texture. Ripe fruit flavors and good acidity.

The vines are 40-45 years old of age on average. All of the wines are 100% barrel fermented and 100% M-L fermentation.


 
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Long Shadows Pirouette 2016 (Magnum)

Long Shadows Pirouette Meritage is made from 68% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Merlot 8% Petit Verdot 6% Cabernet Franc 3% Malbec

Philippe Melka, named one of the top nine winemakers in the world by Robert Parker, used small lots from Washington State's finest vineyards to craft this enticing red blend.

Like the last several growing seasons, 2016 was another hot year that required extra care in the vineyards. Building on the success of our canopy managment program over the last few vintages, we worked with growers throughout the season to encourage growth of the canes and outside foliage to protect against the sun while opening up the fruit zone for even maturation. Warm temperatures in the fall hastened ripening, but the Columbia Valley's cool autumn nights protected the grapes' acidity, yielding bright, vibrant wines that will drink well in their youth but also promise to bring enjoyement to those who cellar. 

A variety of fermentation methods were used to enhance complexity and richness in this classic Bordeaux blend. Hand-harvested Cabernet was fermented in 400L French oak barrels that were gently rolled throughout fermentation to integrate the oak with refined, dark fruit flavors and give the wine its silky mouthfeel. All other varieties were fermented in traditional stainless steel tanks, with select lots enjoying longer skin contact to enhance the wine's dark color and mid-palate. The finished wine was aged 22 months in French oak barrels (75% new) before bottling unfiltered and unfined.

Review:

"The 2016 Pirouette is made by Philippe Melka and it's a total blockbuster based on 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and the palate Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec that was fermented in barrel and aged 22 months in 75% new oak. Crème de cassis, blackberries, toasted spices, cedar, and forest floor notes all emerge from this deep, rich, opulent red that has sweet tannins, a thrilling texture, no hard edges, and a monster finish. This is another best-to-date from this estate and it's an awesome wine."  -Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points

 97 Points