Verget, Saint-Véran “Vigne de Saint-Claude” 2018
Verget‘s Saint-Véran “Vigne de Saint-Claude” is a gift from a “Master in the art of Chardonnay”, Jean-Marie Guffens.
Full and rich, but not overpowering. An elegant Chardonnay with a beautiful nose of lemon citrus, blossoms and honey. The well-balanced palate is full and fresh with a lively zipped-in acidity. Concentrated and intense with flavours of lemon and grapefruit citrus, a little peach and apricot, a touch of hazelnut and toasted brioche. The finish is long and captivating.
100% Chardonnay sourced from a beautiful plot in Prissé, near Vergisson in the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. The old vines have an average age of 50 years and grow in lime-clay soils rich in stones. This cuvée is vinified with natural yeasts in oak barrels (25% new) and then matures for around 4 months. Bottled without filtration.
A signature wine from the best producer of white Burgundy (according to critics).
Enjoy this wine at its best, served in the perfect glass for it.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
The 2018 Saint Veran Vigne de Saint Claude comes from 50-year-old vines in vineyards close to Vergisson and is matured in 25% new oak. It has a very pure bouquet of peach, apricot blossom and pralines, the oak beautifully enmeshed. The very well-balanced palate displays a fine bead of acidity, a waxy texture and a hint of reduction toward the almost Meursault-like finish. Stunning quality for the price, but nothing new there. Drink 2020 – 2032.
The 2018 Saint-Véran Vigne de Saint-Claude is only from old vines this year, cropped at some 55 hectoliters per hectare—low, by the standards of this copious vintage. Revealing aromas of pear, ripe citrus fruit, peach and hazelnuts, it’s full-bodied, ample and layered, with impressive concentration, lively acids and good length on the finish.
– 89 POINTS
Generous wood sets off mostly aromas of matchstick and white orchard fruit scents. Here too there is fine volume to the mouth coating and sappy medium-bodied flavors that possess a caressing yet impressively intense mouth feel before terminating in a bone dry finish. I would observe that while this is carrying more wood than I personally prefer, this is a quality effort.