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.
- 2018 Famille PaquetSaint-Véran0.75l WhiteNew€13.39 €11.07This was the first wine we bought from the Paquets at their Domaine des Valanges and it remains a favourite. Attractive and fruity with notes of pears, apples, melon, orchard flowers and a lovely mineral spiciness on the palate. Rich and quite full on the palate, this is a lovely Chardonnay with pure character and verve. Lovely wine at a very good price.
- 2016 Domaine des ValangesEn crèches, Hors Classe Saint-Véran0.75l White€15.50 €12.81This domain is going from strength to strength and the family is constantly looking for and finding great parcels of vineyards around the small winegrowing village of Davayé nestled at the foot of the Solutré Rock. New cellars, new vineyards and ambitious winemaking have resulted in some super wines. The “En Crèches” parcel faces south east, is sheltered from the north wind, has clay and fossilized limestone soils and lies at an altitude of 250 metres: a superb microclimate. The Chardonnay vines are over 60 years old and produce a fabulous wine with great minerality and tension. There is depth on the palate with honey, oatmeal, good oak and lots of vivacity. Unfortunately hailstorms in April destroyed much of the 2016 crop so there is less of this wine than usual so it is well worth reserving a few bottles for drinking for the next few years.