2009 Domaine des Nembrets Denis Barraud St-Véran

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We are directly importing several spectacular wines from a tiny domaine in the hills of Mâcon in a town called Vergisson. Denis Barraud, proprietor of Domaine des Nembrets, makes this St. Veran from estate vineyards on the slopes of the Roche de Vergisson, a giant basalt monolith, surrounded by complex and folded rocky, well-drained soils with limestone outcroppings. Depending on the soil geology, a vineyard might be St. Veran, Pouilly Fuissé, or just Macon Vergisson. His St. Veran is rich, and focused, with good length. Although very appealing and open, this is also pure and unoaked and shows a lovely finish.

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By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/14/2011  | Send Email
The Domaine des Nembrets, what Denis Barraud calls his estate on the slope of the Roche de Vergisson. The Roche is a giant Basalt outcropping in the Macon, what makes this an exception place for Chardonnay; is surrounding the “Roche” are soils of highly folded and well drained Limestone. It is on these slopes, depending of the specific soils, comes Pouilly Fuissé, Saint Veran, or Macon Vergisson. He does not like to chapitalize and keeps his fruit on the vine long enough so that it is not necessary. You can see this attention to detail in the quality and the purity of the fruit. At K&L you are more likely to see the single vineyard Pouilly Fuisses', which are great wines, showing complexity, persistence and poise beyond what you would expect for the appellation, but are never the first wine to disappear. Consistently, that honor belongs to the Saint Veran. The price point helps, for sure, but the quality and accessibility of this wine is undeniable. This is the perfect wine for neophyte and expert alike. The 09 is no different, I expect that this will not last thru the summer. 2009 Saint Veran $14.99 the wine exhibits good weight and length. The aromatics range from bright citrus, soft floral, to lush tropical and pineapple with a wisp of minerality. The palate shows the generosity of the vintage with more weight and texture than the last two vintages but framed, as always, with good acidity and minerality. This makes for a terrific aperitif, but I am salivating thinking about grilled poultry and seafood and this wine.

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/29/2010  | Send Email
Chardonnay fans looking for a great deal need look no further than the Macon. This unoaked 2009 St. Veran from Denis Barraud has tons of fruit, terrific length, and pronounced mineral character. Round and full-bodied with refreshing acidity. A superb value under $15.

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Alcohol Content (%): 13