2015 Valette Mâcon-Chaintré Vieilles Vignes
From 65 year old vines and bottled a full two and a half years after the harvest.
80% aged in oak and 20% in tank. Vinified and bottled without sulphur, Valette's 2015 Mâcon-Chaintré Vieilles Vignes responds well to oxygen - in fact, it's best decanted. Opening in the glass with aromas of buttered orchard fruit, orange rind, smoke and nutmeg, the wine is medium to full-bodied, satiny-textured and muscular, with lively acids, chewy structuring extract and a long, sapid finish. This is an intensely characterful Mâcon-Chaintré that exemplifies the last two decades of reflection and evolution chez Valette. Any readers who find parallels with the wines of Jean-François Ganevat will be interested to know that Valette told me that the two producers are working with fruit that grows in the same strata of Jurassic limestone—though there are clearly technical and philosophical parallels too.