Monday, November 3, 2008

Jean-Claude Thevenet Macon Pierreclos, 2005

This small domaine, located in the small village of Pierreclos near the center of Macon, has been run by the Thevenet family for three generations. Grapes are picked by hand and vinified at a controlled low temperature followed by malolactic fermentation. The wine is then left on the lees for a period before bottling, but there is no oak aging.

The result is a bright wine with remarkably well focused flavors--lemon cream, pear and apple. It's not at all showy but has a very elegant feel on the palate with richly developed flavors that you might expect from a much more expensive white Burgundy wine. It has a faceted beauty.

This wine ordinarily sells for about $14; I bought it on closeout from Sawall's Health Foods for $11.

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