Joseph Drouhin Saint-Veran 2022, Burgundy, France

The lovely village of Saint-Verand (note the different spelling), wedged between these two areas, is half hidden among the hills. Established by decree on January 6,1971, it is the latest appellation in the Maconnais region. Its Jurassic chalky soil, a continuation of the limestone strata found in the Cote d’Or, is ideal for growing Chardonnay grapes. A wine that smiles and makes you smile! It is stylistically close to Pouilly-Fuiss√©, with its golden hue, its greenish reflection and its refreshing taste. The aromas are reminiscent of the ripe Chardonnay grape, with subtle notes of musk. A pleasant roundness coats the palate. Winemaking: Harvest: grapes harvested by hand or with the grape harvester. Vinification: the grapes are pressed with a pneumatic press. After settling the juices ferments for 2/3 in stainless steel vats and for 1/3 in 500 litre oak barrels. Ageing: remains mixed for 6 to 10 months. 2022 offered a good maturity with particularly aromatic white wines. Citrus and ripe fruit mingle with delicate floral fragrances, very often accompanied by slightly spicy pastry notes. The palate, tender and fleshy, is based on a strong texture. Endowed with a pleasant roundness and a rich aftertaste, the wines of this vintage are well-balanced and show an excellent ageing potential.