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Dom Perraud Mâcon la Roche-Vineuse

Mâconnais, Burgundy

Domaine Perraud

Until 2005, the Perraud family was one of many making their living from growing grapes for the local cooperative...

Encouraged by his parents, Jean-Christophe Perraud, then 24, began to make and bottle wine from the family’s 25 hectares of Bourgogne, Mâcon and Saint-Véran vineyards and sold them on the local market until 2009. Produced from what the Perrauds describe as ‘young vines’ (both the Chardonnay and the Aligoté are between 20-25 years old), the wines show remarkable elegance, purity and complexity at modest price tags. Domaine Perraud is a fine example of a young vigneron striking out on his own with the family’s vineyards to create what will soon be one of the Mâconnais’ most respected domaines.

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Vineyards

The grapes for the Mâcon ‘Roche Vineuse‘ are all grown in the Perraud`s own vineyards in the village of the same name. The vineyards are located at 350-400 metres altitude and vines are planted at a density of 7500 vines per hectare. The distinctive clay and chalk soils give extra power and richness to the otherwise elegant, aromatic palate (the white-chalk pebbles absorb sun during the day and reflect it during the night to extend ripening).

Vintage information

The 2012 growing season in Burgundy was challenging. The first half of 2012 was extremely unpredictable, with a mild March followed by a frosty and very wet spring threatening the vines with mildew and causing a very late and drawn out flowering period. As a result, yields were once again low. In the Mâconnais, crops were small, but not catastrophically so.

Vinification

Winemaking was kept as natural as possible, with wild yeasts used for fermentation in temperature controlled oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place in order to encourage a round, supple mouthfeel. The wine rested on its lees for nine months in four year old oak barrels before bottling, to encourage a weightier style than the average Mâcon.

Tasting Notes

The nose is precise with beautiful perfumes of quince and honeysuckle. The palate is very nicely balanced with bright acidity and a round, creamy mouthfeel. Flavours of stone fruit including apricot are complemented by hints of spice and a fresh, lively finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Mâconnais, Burgundy
Winemaker Jean-Christophe Perraud
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.7g/l
Residual Sugar 2g/l
Wine pH 3.45