2017-C Domaine des Tourterelles Macon-Villages, Burgundy, France (750ml)
A Monthly Wine Club Selection
Bright and fresh in the nose with aromas suggesting apple, fresh pineapple and wet stone. On the palate the wine is fleshy with bright acidity. The flavors are yellow apple, pineapple core and a touch of honey with pronounced length on the complex finish.
Though the Gaillard family has been farming in the Mâcon region around the village of Viré since 1946, they only began estate-bottling at Domaine des Tourterelles in 2014. Valentin Gaillard is the young proprietor here, as his father, who was the managing director of the local cooperative where the family sold their production, decided he wanted to leave a family winery to his son. Consequently, the 2017 Mâcon-Villages from Domaine des Tourterelles is only their fourth vintage of estate bottled wine.
It was produced from fifty-five year-old vines on chalky-clay soils sitting with a southeasterly exposition at four hundred and fifty meters of elevation. The farming is sustainable, and they are in the process of getting HVE (Haute Valeur Environnementale) certification. The cellar is gravity-fed and all fermentation and aging takes place in stainless steel tanks. The name of the domain comes from the group of turtledoves that often pays a friendly visit to the winery. Made from 100% Chardonnay. The vineyards are located in the Viré and Montbellet villag-es, the vines planted at 1000 to 1500 feet in altitude on slopes with south-southeast expo-sure. This slope is known as one of the best areas of the appellation, as the soil is rich in limestone and clay. They use the guyot pruning technique and farm sustainably.