Country: France Region: Burgundy Vintage: 2014
Category: White Wine Color: White
Producer: Domaine Perraud
"Until 2005, the Perraud family was one of many making their living from growing grapes for the local co-operative. Encouraged by his parents, Jean-Christophe Perraud, at the age of 24, began to make and bottle wine from the family’s 30 hectares of Bourgogne, Mâcon and Saint-Véran vineyards. Produced from what the Perrauds describe as ‘young vines’ (both the Chardonnay and the Aligoté are on average 18 years old), the wines show remarkable elegance and complexity at modest price tags. Domaine Perraud is a fine example of a young producer striking out on his own with the family’s vineyards to create what will soon be one of the Mâconnais’ most respected domaines.
Jean-Christophe’s Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay is really a cut above the rest and has an attractive clean, green apple fruit character. The Bourgogne Aligoté is a refreshing ‘vin de soif’ for immediate drinking, with racy acidity and appealing lime citrus flavours. The Saint-Véran is a step up again, showing extra intensity, creaminess and a lovely acidity on the finish."
Winemaker: Jean-Christophe Perraud
The Aligoté was all grown in Jean-Christophe Perraud's own vineyards in Mâcon, in the communes of La Roche Vineuse, Verzé and Salornay sur Guy. The Aligoté variety thrives on silex (flint) or chalk soils as found here and gives expressive, aromatic wines with excellent minerality. The grapes were machine harvested in the cool of early morning. This ensured a quick turnaround so that the precious stone fruit character was kept intact, without danger of oxidation.
Wild yeasts were used for the fermentation and the malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place in order to encourage a round, supple feel. The wine rested for six months on its lees and was aged for a further four months in bottle to encourage complexity, before blending and then bottling. Only stainless steel was used.
Bright lemon yellow in colour, with abundant aromas of citrus and stone fruit. The medium-bodied palate shows lovely purity of lemon and mineral flavours, balanced by riper peach and pear fruit, which last well on the elegant and refreshing finish.
Food Suggestion: A natural partner to seafood, especially more meaty white fish.
Closure: Nomacorc ABV: 12%