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Site: at the southern end of Burgundy, just north of Beaujolais. The appellation Saint-Véran is actually larger than the territory of the commune.
History & tradition: the actual village of Saint-Vérand is spelled differently (note the final "d"). Established by decree in 1971, it is the latest appellation in the Mâconnais region.
Soil: Jurassic limestone, a continuation of the chalky strata found in the Côte d'Or, ideal for growing Chardonnay grapes.
Plantation density: 8,500 vine stocks/hectare.
Yield: purposely low in order to extract all possible nuances from the terroir.
Supply: grapes and must purchased from regular suppliers (long term contracts).
Pressing: very slow so as to respect the fruit. Juices from the last pressings are not retained.
No artificial yeasts or enzymes are used.
Type: in stainless steel vats
Length: 6 to 8 months
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"A wine that smiles and makes you smile! It is stylistically close to Pouilly-Fuissé, with its golden hue, its greenish reflection and its refreshing taste. The aromas are reminiscent of the ripe Chardonnay grape, with subtle notes of musk. A pleasant roundness coats the palate".
The early season was precocious. The yields have been impacted by some frost and hail. The growth of the vegetation was quick, the summer was hot and dry. Some welcome rainfall at the end of August favoured the maturity. At harvesting time the sanitary state was excellent and the juice well-balanced.
Temperature: 12/13°C (53-54°F).
Cellaring: 1 to 3 years.