2020 Verget Mâcon Villages Vallons de Lamartine
- RRP $69.99
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- Producer: Maison Verget
- Varietal: Chardonnay
- Region: Macon
- Alcohol: 13.0%
- Net volume: 750ml
- Vintage: 2020
- Cellar until 2030
Style GuideDry Sweet
The 2020 is a blend from Viré (40%), Pierreclos (20%), Bussières (20%) and Vergisson (20%), all vinified in used oak barrels. Guffens ages this wine for 12 months on lees to emphasise the salinity of his rocky soils. There’s enticing aromas of white peach, beach grass and floral notes leading to a layered, textured palate threaded with sappy freshness and a chalky, savoury complexity that works so well with the Burgundian amplitude on offer. It’s a delicious value wine, with impressive bang-for-your-buck intensity and drive, closing with a salty, lees-enriched finish.
The ‘Valley of Lamartine’ is named after Mâcon native Alphonse de Lamartine, a French author, poet and statesman who was instrumental in the foundation of the French Second Republic. Now you know. The 2020 is a blend from Viré (40%), Pierreclos (20%), Bussières (20%) and Vergisson (20%), all vinified in used oak barrels. Guffens ages this wine for 12 months on lees to emphasise the salinity of his rocky soils.
For many of our clients, Jean-Marie Guffens should need no introduction. After all, this outspoken, iconoclastic grower and his piercingly bright, limpid wines—both under his Guffens-Heynen and Verget (micro-négoce) labels—have been in our white Burgundy portfolio since day one.
In his watershed book The New France (Mitchell Beazley, 2002), Andrew Jefford describes the Verget style in the following way: “Don't buy Verget wines looking for the kind of cheese paste, farm straw richness of traditional “funky” white Burgundy; these are white wines made with the kind of ravishing purity, compelling sensual austerity more familiar among the greatest winemakers of the Saar, the Ruwer, or Alsace.” That pretty much sums things up.
For those new to the Verget style, winemaker Jean-Marie Guffens perhaps summed it up best when he told us: “I am Flemish, I love purity.”
Guffens believes that lees stirring and reduction are embellishments used in white Burgundy to disguise shortcomings (much as dosage and lees aging are used in Champagne). He, therefore, avoids reduction while also bottling under screwcap. He wants you to taste the fruit in all its purity.
Although, as the French would say, this is a grower who cannot keep his tongue in his pocket, Guffens’ longstanding reputation as the enfant terrible of Burgundy has softened somewhat over the years. We cannot say whether or not this is due to the arrival of the quietly spoken Julian Desplans, now Verget’s chief winemaker of five years. What is clear is that Guffens’ fastidious lieutenant— whose CV includes a stint at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti—has instilled an impressive measure of articulate consistency across the entire Verget portfolio.
It's important to point out that while Verget’s grapes are négoce, the estate works only with low yields, and it is Guffens’ team that conducts the harvest, discarding any substandard material. Then, in the cellar, Desplans works almost exclusively with free-run juices. Ferments are natural and occur in Verget’s large horizontal stainless-steel tanks that offer the same lees to wine ratio as oak barrels. Here, the lees can be worked delicately with nitrogen without introducing any oxygen into the vessel. Guffens and Desplans want you to taste the fruit in all its purity.
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