Of all the white Burgundy we import, none is a purer expression of Chardonnay than Nicolas Maillet’s classic Maconnais cuvées. They’re cool, round, unadulterated Chardonnay with excellent balance and little or no oak. If the Côte d’Or offers Burgundies of pedigree and refinement, then the Maconnais offers Burgundies of vibrancy and joy.
Maillet takes this idea one step further with biodynamics, vinifying his wines with only indigenous yeasts and a slow, months-long fermentation. The result is wine of remarkable complexity and purity. Maillet is a man full of passion — for his vineyards, for his rootstocks, for biodynamics, and for the purity of his harvest. And he manages to translate all of this energy into truly impressive wines.
Maillet doesn’t lack confidence in his techniques, and after a sip of his wine, you won’t either. The 2015 Macon-Verzé is bursting with life and energy, perfect for the arrival of spring. The nose is elaborately complex, with a range of notes from white flowers and green tea to tangerine and apricot. The mouth is classic Maillet — rich and long and pure, but with striking freshness and a beautiful baked lemon core.
With no oak to overshadow the wine’s clarity, this is Maconnais at its best, showing beautiful, ripe golden fruit. So complete is the palate of this wine that it requires no accompaniment from food — it’s lush and delightful by itself. But should hunger or houseguests force your hand, we suggest cow’s milk cheeses like Comté or Beaufort, or perhaps a bowl of steamed mussels.
Maillet Macon-Verzé 2015
Ansonia Retail: $30
6+ bottle price : $25/bot
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