Domaine des Gerbeaux, Macon Solutré
This is a stunning wine: Fresh and complex, bright and engaging, never too heavy and neither too insipid, it packs a phenomenal punch at an incredible price for what is, after all, village-level white Burgundy.
Don't expect a mass-load of oak and butter - this isn't that bag of tricks, rather, it is bright and sprightly and wears any wine-making affect very lightly in its refreshing palate. Texture comes entirely from the soil and terroirs around the rock (and rocky soils) of the imposing limestone Rock of Solutré that dominates the landscape for miles around.
The wine is made with the same care as the famous different cuvées from the neighbouring Pouilly Fuissé and this is telling: though relatively inexpensive, this is a wine that is head and neck above wines form the same appellation in the hands of other producers.
Mineral, white and green apple fruit, white blossom and supporting acidity in the form of lemon citrus flavours. It pairs wonderfully with poultry, seafood, warm or cold salads, cheeses and quite understandably, with nothing at all.
Domaine Des Gerbeaux is owned and run by the Drouin family, who started this particular Domaine way back in 1979. However, the Drouin family have been making wine here in Burgundy for more than one hundred years.
Jean-Michel and Béatrice Drouin are making, we think, some of the best wines in the Mâconnais, but in really limited quantities.
Like many in Burgundy, vineyard ownership isn't centred on one big plot. The Drouins have six hectares (about 14 acres) of vineyard sites spread across small pockets throughout Mâcon, St. Véran, Pouilly, and here, in Solutré.
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