Macon Villages Vercheres
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Domaine des Verchères is a family domaine in the northern-most part of the Mâcon region, just south of the Côtes Chalonnaise. Their 10-hectare Mâcon-Villages vineyard is in the communes of Mancey and Royer with vines averaging 30 years of age. The soils in the two largest parcels are a mix of clay and limestone, covered with small white pebbles. In one parcel, the subsoil is deep and cool clay, which makes for a slow ripening process and the development of complex pit-fruit and citrus flavors. The other parcel has an almost pure rock soil where the vines’ roots go deep into the limestone. The Domaine des Verchères Mâcon-Villages is the result of the blending of the fruit from these two vineyard sites. This estate was one of the pioneers of the 'Guyot simple' pruning method, much more common in the Cote d'Or. By using this method, in which there is one fruit-bearing branch (cane) on the vine, the viticulter is able to reduce yields and obtain more concentrated fruit. More recently, the Dupuis sons have planted grass in every second row and placed straw in the others in order to control erosion on the steep slopes and preserve the health of the soil. A terrific value in white Burgundy.