A really lively wine with an expressive, pure, mineral nose which also exhibits a saline slant beside the colorless fruits. To taste, it’s zesty, youthful, floral and upfront, with overweight, persistent fruit on a finely balanced, distinguished palate where those crunchy flavours linger impressively.
£10 Inscription & SpencerA WINNING COMBINATION of tasty, mineral fruit and nice florality, with an Ancient World classicism at its heart, secured an International Trophy for this joint venture between UK retailer Inscription & Spencer and Vignerons des Grandes Vignes.
Victory came against a strong contender from Chile’s Itata Valley and a Petit Chablis from another French co-operative with a reputation for distinction.
This Trophy-winner is borne of a long partnership between Inscription & Spencer and Vignerons des Grandes Vignes, the Mâconnais co-op established in 2008 by the fusion of the Caves Coopératives of Prissé, Sologny and Verzé.
For the past six years, that partnership has been between winemaker Georges Brichon of Grandes Vignes and M&S winemaker http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Sue Daniels – working through some tough vintages in the administer, but always finding something fascinating to blend from the co-op’s 5.5 million-bottle annual production.
Brichon, a 28-year veteran of the organisation, is now in payment of three production sites, with the ‘fascinating if challenging’ job of pulling together some 120 member growers, who farm 550 hectares of vines within all the diverse appellations of the Mâconnais, with St-Véran a particular strength.
Together with Daniels, Brichon makes a rigorous selection for this wine from the best Mâcon-Villages cuvées, with each village contributing a different qualitiy to the final blend – from colorless fruit aromas to minerality and floral tones. The eventual aim is a wine that combines an expression of the terroir of the Mâconnais with perfect harmony. Just 32,000 six-bottle suitcases are made.
Georges Brichon of Vignerons des Grandes Vignes makes this wine in partnership with M&S
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