Domaine de L’Arfentiere Macon-Uchizy
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The vines are located within the commune of Uchizy, in Southern Burgundy in the North of the Mâconnais region at the average altitude of 850 feet above sea level.
- The soil here is primarily limestone and clay, on gentle slopes with East facing exposure.
- The 40 acre vineyard is sustainably farmed with a vine density of 3000 plants per acre and an average vine age of 30 years old. The vines are trained with classic Guyot trellising system.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Elaboration: Grapes are gently and slowly pressed in pneumatic presses, then the juice is settled at low temperatures. Fermentations are done in temperature controlled stainless steel vats so as preserve the freshness and natural fruitiness in the grape. Alcoholic fermentation, malolactic fermentation and maturation takes place on the fine lees to add texture and complexity. Racking and a light filtration are carried out prior to bottling in Spring, with no oak aging.
Tasting Notes: It is fresh and clean with notes of white flower, Asian pear, lime and elegant minerality. Full of energy but not sharp, this is a dry white wine for light meals or just sipping with friends.
Produced by maestro of fine white Burgundy winemaking, Rafael Sallet. He is internationally regarded for crafting exceptional Chardonnay and for developing outstanding wines from lesser-known village appellations such as Mâcon-Uchizy, in southern Burgundy. The key to his success is his fanatical attention to detail.