Complexity. Nicolas Maillet is our favorite new source for chardonnay from southern Burgundy. His wines are classic examples of white Maconnais — cool, round chardonnay with excellent balance and little or no oak. If the Côte d’Or is home to Burgundies of pedigree and refinement, then the Maconnais is home to Burgundies of vibrancy and joy.
Maillet takes this idea one step further, using biodynamic viticulture; vinifying his wines with 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.
Passion. Maillet doesn’t lack confidence in his techniques, and after a sip of his wine, you won’t either. His 2014 Macon-Verzé is among the best he’s made, from an exceptional vintage. The nose is astonishingly 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.
Vinous writer Stephen Tanzer highlighted this wine’s perfect balance, calling it “densely packed, juicy and concentrated, with attractive sucrocité leavened by brisk acidity.” With no oak to overshadow the wine’s clarity, this is Maconnais at its best, showing beautiful, unadulterated ripe chardonnay fruit.
So complete is the palate of this wine that it requires no accompaniment from food — it’s lush and delightful on its own. But should hunger or houseguests force your hand, we suggest cow’s milk cheeses like Comté or Beaufort, or bowl of steamed mussels.
MAILLET Macon-Verzé 2014
Ansonia Retail: $30
case, half-case: $25/bot
AVAILABLE IN 6- AND 12- BOTTLE LOTS
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