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Domaine des Terres Gentilles

The Story

 

Owner and winemaker, Martine Boivin, has some 30 hectares of vineyards in the village of Azé. This is north and bit west of Mâcon, the village for which the larger region of Mâconnais is named. Azé is a small drive west of Viré, Clessé, and other villages famous for their vibrant Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Martine makes these wines without the use of oak. This allows for more pronounced fruit, and an overall clarity of the wines’ attributes.

 

La Cadole is the climat for both the red and the white. This is a single vineyard of older vines within her domaine, noted for producing excellent fruit, resulting in wines of great sophistication and intensity. The name is derived from ancient stone huts, locally called Cadole. For ages vignerons would seek shelter in these during turbulent summer storms and frequent autumn rains. The name also references the stony soils the vineyards are planted to.

 

Bourgogne Chardonnay 2020

 

This is a very clean wine, replete with citrus blossoms, stone fruit, hints of nuttiness, and a touch of crisp cantelope.  Although there are myriad lighter dishes that would compliment this wine, Americans would enjoy this paired with a sunset just as well.

 

Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2021

 

Again, clean is the Mot Juste when describing wines from this line, and the Pinot does not stray. This wine pops on the nose and bounces in the mouth, absolutely teaming with jittery red fruits such as raspberry, cranberry, and even some wee pomegranate notes. This is light, varietally-accurate Pinot, proud of it’s slender lines, tartness, and white wine-like mouth feel. Fatty tuna sashimi, rare salmon filet, or a smoked turkey sandwich would be very nice beside a huge pour of this juicy wine.

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