2016 Vignerons des Terres Secretes Macon Verze "Croix Jarrier"

SKU #1403065 Wine Enthusiast

 This warm, ripe wine offers a good balance between the rich fruit and acidity. The mineral edge gives texture, imparting a zesty character to the juicy ripe apple and pear flavors. Drink this wine from 2019. (RV)  (10/2018)

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In Burgundy, vineyard sites are of the utmost importance and are often split among various producers. The small Croix Jarrier vineyard near Macon-Verzé produces fruit for large domaines and some small growers. Domaine Leflaive produces an expression from this site that normally retails for about $40. We’ve found that the better value comes from the local cooperative, Vignerons de Terres Secrètes. This small cooperative makes a Macon Verzé that’s a perfect expression of this southern side of Burgundy. The 2016 Vignerons de Terres Secrètes Mâcon Verzé “Croix Jarrier” is full bodied with rich, creamy texture, and it’s loaded with yellow pear, honeycrisp apple and white peach fruit. A beautiful, chalky minerality underlies the wine, and the whole is seamless. Best enjoyed in the next year or so, this is a great accompaniment to roast chicken, grilled scallops and risotto, or mildly spiced pork dishes.

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