Nicolas Maillet Macon Verze le Chenin Blanc 2019 750ML

A delicate and complex nose reveals notes of peach, pear and acacia flowers. The mouth is very well balanced between acidity and roundness. It is a wine with a very good aging capacity. 

Enjoy with white meat and fish cooked in sauce, chicken with morels in a creamy sauce, or try it with a Beaufort cheese. 

91pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "From a parcel of 80-year-old vines, the 2019 Macon-Verze Le Chemin Blanc mingles notes of pear, yellow orchard fruit and white flowers in an inviting bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, saline and concentrated, it's the most tightly wound wine in the range and will merit a year or two of bottle age."

In the tiny village of Verze, northwest of Macon, 4th generation winegrower, Nicolas Maillet, quietly plies his trade with very little fanfare and not much notoriety outside of France. Locally he has acquired huge respect as a mentor for many young, organically oriented winegrowers seeking to turn their dreams into reality. 

Maillet has farmed organically since 2010 (certified by Ecocert) and he began implementing biodynamic practices in 2013. Particular attention is paid to the upkeep of the soil to ensure a vibrant and healthy microbiome. 

The century-old domaine consists of eight hectares of vines: six hectares of Chardonnay and two hectares split evenly between Aligote, Pinot Noir and Garnay. Old vines are plentiful, the youngest of which are 50 years of age. The Verze vineyards lie on chalky, limestone-centric and generally eastern-facing slopes. This exposition combined with the mineral soils and surrounding microclimate produce some of the most mineral-driven, high-acid wines of the region.

This land has been in the Maillet family for four generations, and in the early years wines were produced and bottled in the family cellars. However, from 1928 to 1998 fruit was sold to the local coop. When Nicolas took the reins in 1999, he had ambitious goals for the vineyards and believed that the work should be felt in the bottle. He proudly returned to the family's early tradition of estate-bottled wines. 

750ML / 13% ABV