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100% Chardonnay
Macon region, Côte d’Or

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Domaine des Verchères is a family domaine located in the northernmost part of the Macon region, just
south of the Cotes Chalonaise. Owner Andre Dupuis is now succeeded by his two sons, Remi and JeanChristophe. Dupuis père pioneered the use of the “Guyot simple” pruning method, then more common inthe Côte d’Or, but not in the Macon region. By using this method, which leaves one fruit-bearing branch(cane) on the vine, the grower is able to reduce yields and obtain more concentrated fruit. More recently,the Dupuis sons have planted grass in every second row and placed straw in the others in order to control erosion on the steep slopes and preserve the health of the soil. The soils in their two parcels of Chardonnay are a mix of clay and limestone, covered with small white pebbles. In one parcel, the subsoil is deep and cool clay, which makes for a slow ripening process and the development of complex pit-fruit and citrus flavors.
The other parcel has an almost pure rock soil where the vines’ roots go deep into the limestone. This parcel warms up early and provides ripe, generous Chardonnay fruit with a distinct minerality.

This is a blend of the fruit from these two vineyard sites, with 30
year-old Chardonnay vines. The grapes are quickly pressed in a pneumatic press, in order to extract all the
fruit and aromas while avoiding any bitterness. The juice ferments (using only native yeasts) and is aged
entirely in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks. The wine is assembled and bottled after the malolactic fermentation finishes in the Spring

ALC 12.50%

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