Macon-Villages 'Les Sardines', Domaine Robert Denogent, Burgundy, France 2015

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Macon-Villages 'Les Sardines', Domaine Robert Denogent, Burgundy, France 2015

24.95

This is a much more serious Macon than your typical Macon. The aromas have a floral wildness that made me think it was a biodynamic wine (it isn't, but they practice sustainable viticulture) and the palate has wonderful concentration befitting of a swankier wine from further up the road towards Meursault. Notes of blanched almonds, apricot fuzz, lemon curd, white butter and wild flowers herald a wine of considerable complexity and soft-fruited richness. It's not made in the trendy 'struck match' style of white Burgundy, but more like a traditional Macon that has been fostered by ambitious parents.

The grapes were hand harvested and pressed directly into 228 litre French oak barrels for fermentation and malolactic fermentation. The wine spent 20 months ageing in barrel (12-15% new), with the rest in one to two-year-old barrels without battonage. 13.5% alc. Drink now.

Press reviews:

Neal Martin: "The 2015 Mâcon Villages Les Sardines is a relatively new cuvée that was introduced with the 2013 vintage and comes from purchased fruit. The idea is to create a wine more "glou-glou" that is to say, easy-to-drink. It has a lovely, very pure bouquet with hints of almond infusing the citrus fruit. The palate is well balanced with appreciably salinity, fresh and lively with a light marine influence towards the finish. Very fine."

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