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Historically Macon was known primarily as a source of vast quantities of cheap white wines made by village cooperatives – reliable everyday wines, but no match for the great whites of the Cote de Beaune. But that was then and this is now, and today Macon’s whites are recognized to be among the very best wine values on the planet. Jancis Robinson has been saying so for years, and in a recent Wall Street Journal article renowned novelist and wine columnist Jay McInerney declared Domaine de la...
- 88 Points -
Stephen Tanzer, November 2017
Medium straw-yellow. More serious mineral-driven nose than the Mâcon-Villages Cuvée Terroirs du Mâconnais. Offers flavors of smoky, saline minerality and yellow peach, but lemon and stone notes convey a touch of youthful bitterness, suggesting that this wine will need a year in bottle to knit. But it's still more accessible than the 2014 bottling at the same stage, notes Jean-Philippe Bret. The millerandé 60+-year-old vines in Burgy, on late-ripening stone and iron oxide soil, produced less than 45 hectoliters per hectare (vs. nearly 80 for the Mâcon-Chardonnay). Ephémère, which means fleeting, is also the name for the adult form of an insect that lasts for just one day. The Cuvée Ephémère was envisioned as a one-shot wine in 2015 but the brothers decided to make it in 2016 as well.See detailed press review