Georges Duboeuf Cuvée Prestige Saint-Véran (Blanc) 2016 - Burgundy, France
This is great……and here’s why!Gold - Wine & Barrel - Alliances-Du-Monde Concours International (2015 vintage)
Dennis Kreps "Made entirely of the Chardonnay grape is from the Mâconnais region in France. It has a pale, golden color and a complex nose of white flowers, citrus and a touch of flintstone. Fresh and vivid, with a lengthy palate, the finish is stunning."
The Winemaker “A beautiful aromatic basket followed by a beautiful fullness in the mouth which gives it an excellent balance, the promise of great pleasure. It expresses its wonderful aromas of finesse, delicacy, from Williams pear to white peach, honey to vanilla, mineral notes to quince jelly.
This wine is produced by Les Vins Georges Duboeuf which is one of the largest wine producers in France founded by the late Georges Duboeuf who was affectionately known as 'le roi du Beaujolais' (the king of Beaujolais) or sometimes pape du Beaujolais (Pope of Beaujolais). Les Vins Georges Duboeuf produces a staggering 3 million cases of wine annually. The company is most well-known for its popularization and production of Beaujolais wines. In 2018 Georges’ passed control of his company to his son Franck Duboeuf, who is considered to be one of the key specialists in Beaujolais, its terroir and its wine, and has shifted production to focus more on Beaujolais Nouveau.
Saint-Véran is located in the Maconnaise region of Burgundy and is slightly smaller and less well known then its neighbor Pouilly-Fuissé. Similar to the rest of the region, Chardonnay is the primary grape. The wines are consistently high in quality with an added benefit of a reasonable price tag.
Burgundy (Bourgogne in French) is an historic and highly respected wine region in eastern France. Burgundy wines have long had devout followers throughout the world and continue to do so today. Although Bordeaux produces about four times as much wine every year, Burgundy’s estimated 74,000 acres (30,000ha) of vineyards are considered to be of equal importance, producing some of the most exclusive wines on Earth.
The two key grape varieties of Burgundy are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both members of the extended 'Pinot' family of grape varieties. There are others too, of course, like Aligoté, Pinot Gris, Gamay, and Sauvignon Blanc but the primary focus of Burgundy’s production is Pinot Noir for Bourgogne Rouge and Chardonnay for Bourgogne Blanc. Located in the east-central part of France, Burgundy has 5 primary wine growing areas; Chablis – “shab-lee” Côte de Nuits – the night slope, Côte de Beaune – the slope of Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise – the Chalon slope, Mâconnais – the region of Mâcon.
Chardonnay is one of the world’s most popular grapes, Chardonnay is made in a wide range of styles from lean, to rich, creamy white wines aged in oak. Bolder, richer, full-bodied and buttery Chardonnays are made using oak and are produced in California, Burgundy, and Australia. Unoaked chardonnays such as Chablis and those produced in Chile, New Zealand, and other parts of France are leaner and often crisp and mineraly, with delicate flavors. By law, if a label says “Chablis,” it must be Chardonnay.