About This Wine
The sources for this bottling can vary from year to year, but one thing stays the same—Verget’s Terres de Pierres, is the value best white Burgundy we ship. This ‘18 is drawn from the villages of Viré (60%), a parcel closed to Davayé (30%) and La Roche Vineuse. The Viré parcel sits on Macon’s classic argilo-calcaire and provides the wine’s depth, while the chalky soils of La Roche Vineuse provides the mouth-watering cut.La totalité de cette cuvée a été vinifiée en cuves inox horizontales. As always the wine is crafted from only free run juice, fermented and then matured on its fine lees (for three months with no battonage) in horizontal stainless steel tanks that have been designed to maximise interaction between the wine and its lees while minimising reduction. Talk about bang for your buck. This is packed with generous nectarine and spicy, kernelly fruit and some earthy complexity as well. Expect a layered, creamy palate – with volume but not fat – and a cool, powdery freshness. In a word, delicious.
Wines from Burgundy
A legendary wine region setting the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide. In the Jurassic time period, the area was part of a vast, tropical sea. Over hundreds of millions of years, the seabed transformed into various layers of limestone, sandstone and clay soils that have entrapped the fossils of ancient sea creatures. These soils are the secret behind the zesty minerality that Burgundy wines are famous for.
Burgundy is probably the most terroir-centric wine region in France. Huge emphasis is placed on the specific vineyard, soil type, elevation, and angle of slope where the wines were made. This is reflected on the wine's labels where appellations are more prominently displayed compared to the producers’ names.
The most prestigious wines of the region come from a long and narrow escarpment called the Côte d'Or split into the Côte de Nuits to the north and the Côte de Beaune to the south. Côte de Nuits produces many of the world’s finest Pinot Noir’s, all but one of Burgundy’s red Grand Crus are made in this area. Whilst interestingly, the opposite is true for the Côte de Beaune where all but one of the Chardonnay Grand Crus are made. From this information it may seem you should be buying a Pinot from the North and Chardonnay from the south, that is only true for the pinnacle of Burgundian wines. Both outstanding reds and whites are produced throughout the Côte d'Or.
In Burgundy, they use a wine quality tier system that goes:
Grand Crus 1.4% of total production
Premier (1er) Crus 10.2% of total production
Appellations Villages 37.3% of total production
Appellations Regionales 51.1% of total production
When one refers to “Burgundy wines” they are usually talking about those produced in and around the Côte d'Or. While the Chardonnay’s from Chablis and the Gamay’s from Beaujolais are formally apart of the Burgundy wine region, those subregions are generally referred to by their own names rather than being considered “Burgundy wines”.
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