Saint-Véran is very close stylistically to Pouilly-Fuissé, with its golden green hue, its intense fruity, flowery nose and its refreshing flavours.
It can be enjoyed very young, two to three months after bottling. Yet, give it one or two more years to fully appreciate its complexity.
A wine lover travelling through Burgundy would expect, after Pouilly-Fuissé, to be in the Beaujolais area.
Not so fast ! The lovely village of Saint-Vérand (note the different spelling !), wedged between these two areas, is half hidden among the hills. Established by decree on January 6th 1971, it is the latest appellation in the Mâconnais region.
Its Jurassic chalky soil, a continuation of the limestone strata found in the Côte d`Or, is ideal for growing Chardonnay grapes.
Picked by hand, the grapes (100% Chardonnay) are gently pressed. The juice ferments and is aged in oak barrels, with a very small percentage of new oak so as not to overwhelm the wine.
|Site: at the southern end of Burgundy, just north of Beaujolais. The appellation Saint-Veran is actually larger than the territory of the commune.
History & tradition: the actual village of Saint-Verand is spelled differently (note the final ”d”). Established by decree in 1971, it is the latest appellation in the Maconnais region.
Soil: Jurassic limestone, a continuation of the chalky strata found in the Cote d’Or, ideal for growing Chardonnay grapes.
|11 to 13oC is the correct temperature to serve a Saint-Véran. It marries well with hors-d`oeuvre, delicately flavoured charcuterie, oysters, mussels and any other shellfish.
|In 1880, Joseph Drouhin, who was from the Chablis region originally, chose the city of Beaune to found the business that bears his name. Over the years and with each generation, the vineyard estate grew. At the same time, the founder’s passionate search for excellence and knowledge was handed down like a family heirloom; Maison Joseph Drouhin continues to ensure this valuable family heritage.
Dedication to the diversity of Burgundy has always been the sole focus and vocation of Maison Joseph Drouhin, as
vineyards - mostly premier and grand crus - were acquired in all major areas.
Out of firm conviction, Drouhin has adopted a biological and biodynamic approach to viticulture. Listening to nature: from vine to glass, at every step in the elaboration of the wine, a profound respect and deference to nature prevails.
From its very beginning, Maison Joseph Drouhin has aimed for an ideal of perfection and elegance. The style of Joseph
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Thanks to its open-minded world view, Joseph Drouhin introduces the best of Burgundy to all continents. Its active
presence in many countries is the surest proof of its desire to get acquainted and understand other cultures and styles of living.