Domaine des Vercheres Macon-Villages
Domaine des Vercheres is a family domaine located in the hilly, northernmost part of the Maconnais region, just
south of the Cotes Chalonaise. Owner Andre Dupuis is now succeeded by his two sons, Remi and Jean-
Christophe. The 24 acre Macon Villages vineyard, in the communes of Mancey and Royer, is planted entirely with
Chardonnay on southeast facing slopes at an average altitude of 820 feet. The vines average 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 stone
fruit and citrus flavors. The other parcel has an almost pure rock soil where the vines' roots go deep into the
limestone. This parcel warms up early and provides ripe, generous Chardonnay fruit with a distinct minerality. The
exceptional quality of the Domaine des Vercheres Macon Villages is the result of the blending of the fruit from these
two vineyard sites.
Dupuis pere pioneered the use of the “Guyot simple” pruning method, then more common in the Cote d'Or, but not
in the Macon region. By using this method, which leaves one fruit-bearing cane on the vine, the viticulter is able to
reduce yields and obtain more concentrated fruit. Sustainably farmed, the Dupuis sons have planted grass in every
row to create a healthy, natural ambiance.
|The Chardonnay grapes are gently pressed in a state-of-the-art pneumatic press, in order to extract all the fruit and
aromas while avoiding any bitterness. The juice ferments (using only native yeasts) and is aged on its lees in
temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks. The wine is assembled and bottled after the malolactic fermentation
finishes in the spring. It is the perfect all purpose white wine, with a unique combination of concentration and
freshness. The Domaine des Vercheres Macon Villages represents outstanding value in Burgundian Chardonnay.