2010 Domaine des Nembrets Denis Barraud Mâcon "Source de Plaisirs"

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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 has a tiny estate called Domaine des Nembrets. This Mâcon comes from his 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 Mâcon. But all are hand-picked, artisanal wines from one of the emerging talents in this part of the world. This is bright and very rich on the palate, with lovely acidity that wakes your mouth. There is more minerality than many Mâcons, and the cool evenings here in the hills result in a fresh, bright wine. He can no longer call it Mâcon Vergisson, due to a change in French law, but it comes from exactly the same vineyards as it always has. Excellent! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/11)

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/28/2012  | Send Email
Another great Chardonnay value from Denis Barraud - and reflective of the great quality to come from this great vintage. Distinctive and well-defined aromas of cinnamon spiciness, pippin apples and nectarines, supported by slate-like minerality, carries across to a rich, fleshy set of flavors, with a crisp, clean, mouthwatering finish. Again, this Gem is great value and Eby has told me that we need at least two cases of this lovely Macon as one of our house whites for the month.

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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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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