The Les Quartz vineyard is the jewel in the crown here. This wine embodied richness and freshness offering great complexity. The was power and silk to the point of seduction on the palate with a clean and long finish. This is a wine you have to try. Drink it now but do buy some to put away to enjoy after 5 years. Serve with pulled pork.
La Soufrandiere is wine from the family estate that started being produced in 1999. 6 hectare in Pouilly Vinzelle and Macon Vinzelle that are certified biodynamic. The wines are poised and elegant and defined. Bret Brothers is a negoce business started in 2001 by the family. They harvest 10 hectare across Macon to make 27 cuvees. Both sides of the business are made with passion and care and after tasting no less than 11 wines made from Chardonnay I can tell you they were all discernibly different. The Bret Brothers Macon-Uzichy is great for immediate drinking and their Pouilly Fuisse Les Chevrieres is in need of a few years. In the La Soufrandiere range it becomes harder to separate them. But having been to their Les Quarts vineyard I am pulled to its freshness and power. The regular Pouilly Vinzelles is from the same vineyard and is better for younger drinking.
Burgundy – The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
Macon – The forgotten link in Burgundy. There is a lot of wine made here almost exclusively from Chardonnay (especially when talking quality wine). What Macon does have, is a large amount of switched on winemakers who are working to improve the areas image and overall quality.
Chardonnay – The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.