-This is a very special Tastevinage wine with each bottle having its own limited edition number. This is a blind tasting and these select wines are awarded by Burgundy’s top palates and represent the best of the best.
-Prices for Burgundy have skyrocketed as demand has far exceeded supplies and pricing is up dramatically. With the most recent vintage, Burgundy has now had 4 tiny and pretty crops.
-We used our economies of scale to purchase this wine and locked in dramatic price savings early so we can offer this special Tastevinage selection. This wine was reserved for us before it won the prestigious blind tasting from one of Burgundy’s greatest competitions.
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Roland Thevenin Macon-Ige Sous La Roche Chardonnay 2011 Tastevinage
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
Roland Thevenin has a storied reputation in Burgundy as he was a world-renowned viticulturist who helped found the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, and he was also a famous literary figure. Ironically, this wine that has his name bears the award-winning label from Clos Vougeot’s Order of the Chevaliers du Tastevin. They annually hold their renown tasting competition once a year and this wine was a deserved winner. Thevenin now under the leadership of Jean Charles Boisset (of Raymond and DeLoach fame) is committed to taking this famous producer to the next level. Sous La Roche is a highly regarded vineyard in southern Burgundy. The low-yielding, mid-slope vines planted in clay soil, are over 60 years old and make for complex and concentrated wines that are lush. Nicely finessed aromas of oranges, and white peach with touches of flowers and honeysuckle. A rich and succulent palate of elegance, that includes melon, pears, and tangerine with vanilla and spice. Particularly well balanced with a suave and pleasing finish. Pair with escargots, sautéed soft shell crabs in garlic butter, and fluke with baby clams. Enjoy now and for many more years. Only about 500 cases were produced.
By Roland Thevenin
Macon-Ige ’Sous La Roche’ 2011
Area of Production
A regional appellation of the Saone-et-Loire from vineyards hills at 100m to 400m altitude.
The Maconnais terroir is considerably different from more northerly Burgundy regions. Here, the soil is clayey, siliceous or granitic. It’s due to these terroir differences that Chardonnay wines here give a more fresh, mineral style as opposed to the warmer, honeyed style of white Burgundy from further north in the Côte d’Or.
The 2011 Vintage
Very particular conditions were experienced with the 2011 vintage year which led to very early harvesting. With these conditions, it is often said that such a year is a year of the winemaker. Springtime was particularly dry and warm giving early signs of potentially promising quality. Rainfall in July helped rebuild the water levels in the soil and brought a new fresh lease of life to the vine. Stormy conditions in August, very unpredictable, led to growers carefully giving extra care and vigilance to their vines. Abundant sunshine and low rainfall levels in September rewarded the growers' patience. Strict sorting of grapes was required both in the vineyard and at the winery. Only the very best grapes were vinified. White Burgundy wines are typified by a fine aromatic purity. Some light citrus aromas as well as delicate floral nuances can be found on tasting.
The vinification takes place in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks for 10 days. The extraction is achieved by the “pumping over” technique. Then follows ageing in stainless-steel tanks for 6 months.
Colour: A fine golden colour with tinges of green.
Nose: Generous, embracing aromas of grilled nuts and vanilla complimented by a suggestion of honey.
Palate: A clean, fresh attack. Good balance. Rounded and supple with good acidity. Rediscovery of the floral, grassy aromas.
All the great white "village" wines of Burgundy must not be served too cool. 12 to 14°C is ideal.
This great dry white should best be served with foie gras, fish starters in cream sauce and white meats in light sauce.
The great dry whites of Burgundy are exceptional in that they can be aged at least for ten years.
[Info provided by J.H.N.]
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.