The Saint Véran appellation is quite a recent one, dating back to 1971 and covers just over 700 hectares. The region forms a belt around the appellation of Pouilly-Fuissé and produce only white wines from the Chardonnay grape. The vineyards are split into two separate islands by its close relative Pouilly-Fuissé. Both occupy slopes forming part of the chain of hills to which the Rock of Solutré belongs. This rocky backbone is made of fossil ridden limestone of the Jurassic Age. On the Western side are older rocks covered with grey marls while the gentle sloping eastern side is composed of marly limestone.
The colour is pale yellow gold; the nose develops subtle fruit aromas (peach, pear) or field notes of acacia, honeysuckle and bracken, often with an addition of fresh almond, hazelnut, cinnamon, and honey. On the palate, this white wine is dry and well rounded, mineral and lively. The structure is balanced and fresh. St. Véran wines match well with grilled, poached or fried fish as well as smoked or salted fish. It is also a wonderful match for cheeses from Goats Cheese to Blue Cheese, from Comté to Gruyère.
- 2015 Domaine des ValangesCuvée Hors Classe Saint-Véran0.75l White€15.10 €12.48The Paquet family created the Domaine des Valanges in the 1980s and over the years have been able to expand their vineyard holdings over several other appellations. Their children, Matthieu and Camille have now formed a separate domain with Camille as the winemaker and managed to take over this vineyard in a fermage agreement in 2015. What a year to begin and what a lovely wine! This is a sunny, happy wine reflecting the fine summer weather of this vintage. The nose is expressive and aromatic with notes of acacia flowers, blossom and sweet fruit. On the palate the wine is generous, round and fruity with notes of spice, a touch of anise and then lovely, honeyed concentration. This is a very pretty Chardonnay with lots of personality where freshness and richness meet and blend superbly together. There is a bright future ahead for this domain.
- 2016 Domaine des ValangesLes Cras Saint-Véran0.75l White€15.50 €12.81Those of you who have already tasted the super St. Vérans from Domaine des Valanges, will enjoy tasting this wine from a small 1 1/2 hectare single vineyard site. The vines face south, south-east and are grown on stony, limestone soils. Vinified for 60% in tanks and 40% in oak barrels and allowed to age for nine months on the lees, only 9,000 bottles of this wine are produced each year. There is lots of perfume and fruit on the nose making the wine immediately inviting with rich Chardonnay notes balanced perfectly with a mineral freshness – clearly the influence of the limestone soil. Quite opulent on the palate, this is a superb Chardonnay combining lovely fruit and finesse. A superior bottling to be served with poached fish, white meats or refined first courses.