2017 Maison Valette Macon Chaintre Vieilles Vignes

Burgundy, France

Elegant, natural Chardonnay from a cult winemaker in Burgundy's Maconnais sub-region.


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About The Wine

Maison Valette is a cult name in France, mentioned with the same reverence as natural wine pioneers Jean Foillard and Antoine Arena.

Brothers Baptiste and Philippe Valette let their estate-grown, organically-farmed grapes do the talking here: with a hands-off, zero-addition approach to winemaking. Sourced from the old vines of their vineyards in the esteemed Maconnais village of Chaintre, this is a wine that you won't be forgetting any time soon.

After wild fermentation, the wine is aged on its lees for two years, in a mixture of stainless steel tanks and old French oak barrels. Bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with zero sulphur.

About Maison Valette

Maison Valette is a cult name in French wine circles, only recently 'discovered' by the rest of the world.

Brothers Baptiste and Philippe today continue the work started by their father Gerard Valette, farming seventeen hectares of vines in the Macon, ten of which are in the prestigious Chaintre village. They use organic practices in the vineyards, and follow a strictly natural approach in the cellar.

No sulphur is added to their wine, and they produce some of the best natural Chardonnay out there at the moment.

Philippe and Baptiste Valette
Philippe and Baptiste Valette's organically farmed vineyards
Maison Valette in Macon Chaintre, Burgundy, France.
Additional Info

From The Importer

Vinification is all-natural: no sulphur, no cultured yeasts, no chaptalization, no acidification - no augmentation at all. Elevage is for twenty-four months on fine lees in tanks (20%) and older barrels (80%). The way Philippe Valette works is similar to that of Claude Maréchal in the Cote de Beaune which is to say meticulous care of the vineyards and a way of making wine with minimal intervention in a natural manner. The result is extravagant but very elegant Chardonnay. Graceful, delicate and exciting with beautiful fresh acid and without the flatness and boredom that wine from this region can often possess.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 14%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2025
Bottle Size : 750ml

Philippe Valette
Philippe Valette
Natural winemaker in the Maconnais, Burgundy.

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