This Mâcon-Villages comes from a vineyard owned by the Côte-Fellman family in the village of Verizet who have farmed in the area since 1858. In previous years, Jean Claude made the wine at the cave cooperative, where for eighteen years, he was chef de cave. Now he makes this gorgeous, ripe Anjou pears and apple blossom infused Mâcon-Villages at the beautiful compact winery he built himself in Péronne in 2006. Produced from 60-70 year old vines, this wine is a classic white Burgundy, which continues to evolve in the glass after it is poured. On the nose, there are aromas of green apples, Anjou pears, Earl Grey tea, white peonies, and hints of crystallized honey. The flavors of the palate echo the nose, along with mouth-watering, limestone minerality.
About this wine producer: Jean-Claude Janin worked for sixteen years as the technical director and winemaker at the Cave de Viré cooperative, where he was responsible for the production of Viré-Clessé, Mâcon-Villages, and Bourgogne Blanc wines. In 2006, he left this cooperative to farm a small parcel of land on a limestone hillside in the village of Péronne, which his wife, Marie-Odile, inherited from her father. After building a winery, Jean-Claude continues to manage the 9 hectares (22 acres) of land that comprises the Domaine des Terres de Chatenay. The limestone soils of the estate allow Jean-Claude to produce aromatic Chardonnay wines, with beautiful mineratily on the palate.