Our wine team first tasted the wines from ‘Cave des Grands Crus Blancs’ a couple of years ago during VinExpo in Bordeaux. My first impression was very positive; given the price, these were wines of tremendous value, exhibiting intense flavors, mineral and focused, pure and perfectly balanced. The winery only produces white wines (hence the name, Blancs) from the Chardonnay grape, but all cuvées were perfect expressions of their respective terroirs.
‘Cave des Grands Crus Blancs’ is a group of growers from Vinzelles and Loché in Burgundy, established in 1929. Today this cooperative owns over 330 acres of vineyards in the Mâconnais comprising the appellations of Macon Loché, Macon Vinzelles, Macon Chaintré, Pouilly Loché and Pouilly Vinzelles. It has built up a strong reputation in the area.
Incredibly enough, 70% of the winery’s production is sold locally in the winery’s boutique!
If that’s what the locals are drinking, then these wines are certainly the best value available in the Mâconnais!
Currently available at select ABC Fine Wine stores are the 2014 Pouilly Fuissé ($22.99) and the 2014 Mâcon-Chaintré ($13.99).
Created in 1936, the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation comprises the vineyards from four villages: Solutré-Pouilly, Fuissé, Vergisson and Chaintré.The vineyard covers 753 hectares and the sub-soil is composed of clay and limestone of Jurassic maritime origin.
The grapes for the Pouilly-Fuissé are harvested at optimum maturity, gently pressed at a pneumatic press and vinified in stainless steel tanks, with partial malolactic fermentation. The wine is then aged in stainless steel tanks before bottling. The 2014 Pouilly Fuissé exhibits pale gold color with green hues and complex aromas and flavors of green apple, apricot, citrus and acacia flower. Full-bodied, with good acidity and minerality, balanced and refreshing, this wine is the perfect partner for your favorite sea-food dishes and white meats.
The vineyard for the Macon-Chaintré is located in the village of Chaintré; the vines are 50 year-old Chardonnay planted on gentle slopes composed mostly of sand, clay and limestone. The vinification and aging are done in the same fashion as the Pouilly Fuissé.
The 2014 Macon-Chaintré exhibits golden with green hues color, and bouquet of field flowers, pear, apricot, honey and dry fruits. The palate is well-balanced with pronounced mineral notes and lengthy finish. Enjoy as an apéritif or pair with mixed salads, poultry and white fish.
Atanas Nechkov, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Sales Manager
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