Mostly from “Les Prés Cousins,” one of the oldest vineyards in Davayé, the Chardonnay grapes are hand-harvested and fermented in thermoregulated stainless steel.
In the glass, the wine has a luminescent white-gold color, with flashes of green and silver. The classic Mâconnais nose unfurls with aromas of Roma apples, crystalized ginger, lemon curd, and almond blossoms, along with fleeting suggestions of dried honeycomb, ripe kiwi, lime zest and coriander.
On the palate, the wine is creamy and generous, with fine cut elegance, and spicy, limestone-saturated Chardonnay flavors that add weight and complexity as the wine evolves in the glass, and are sustained through a long brisk finish by the fresh, vibrant acidity.
About this wine producer: Gilles Corsin splits his time between the courtier business he took over from his father twenty-five years ago, and the cellar at Domaine Corsin, where he makes the finest wine in Saint-Véran. As a courtier, he tastes the wine of dozens of growers and cooperatives, and is responsible for the purchase of thousands of hectoliters for Georges Dubœuf, Louis Jadot, and Jean-Marie Guffens’ Maison Verget. Tasting so many wines from so many sources gives him a unique frame of reference when he tastes his own.
“Gilles doesn’t like my wines,” his friend and colleague Michel Paquet once told me. “Then again, he doesn’t like his own wines. His palate is so fine-tuned that he magnifies every insignificant flaw, which makes it impossible for him to enjoy what he’s drinking.”
Jean-Jacques Corsin, who has recently retired, has passed along his calm and deliberate manner to his son Jeremie Corsin – all the better for a young vineyard manager whose decisions may have consequences that last for decades. There is no doubt that together, Gilles and Jeremie will be a great team.