Granges Bourgogne Blanc 20
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Affordable White Burgundy from Yannick Paquet
The wines of Yannick Paquet and Domaine des Granges need little or no introduction for regular AWM customers. When it comes to White Burgundy, Yannick's wines are top favorites and top values, and we look forward to the new vintage arrivals with giddy anticipation.
The Macôn is all about Chardonnay; it's the epicenter of high-quality, affordable Chardonnay from Burgundy. The most famous Chardonnay from this region is Pouilly-Fuissé, produced in the area surrounding the two Macônnais villages of Pouilly and Fuissé.
There are other villages-designated wines named for their vineyard locations, such as Mâcon-Chaintré, Mâcon-Fuissé, Mâcon-Vinzelles, and Mâcon-Charnay. Wines labeled Mâcon-Villages are regional wines from a broad area of the Mâcon and blended from village sites throughout the entire region.
For his 2022 Bourgogne Blanc, Yannick chose to include fruit harvested from vineyards just outside of the Mâcon AOC along with fruit sourced from the villages of Mâcon-Chaintré, Mâcon-Fuissé, Mâcon-Vinzelles, and Mâcon-Charnay. The result is a superbly expressive White Burgundy that is even more reasonably priced than his Mâcon-Villages release.
The Paquet family settled in the Mâcon in the 1950s, securing vineyard property in the village of Fuissé. The family's base of operation is Domaine De Fussiacus — named after the Roman governor who founded the village of Fuissé. The family vineyards were initially acquired by Yannick's father, Jean-Paul Paquet, and the family produces wines under the Domaine de Fussiacus and Domaine Jean-Paul Paquet labels.
The family's vineyard holdings stretch over gently rolling southeast-facing hills featuring clay and limestone soils. Organically farmed vineyards, hand harvesting, and natural yeast inoculation all add up to stellar quality Chardonnay.
After Jean-Paul passed management duties on to his son, Yannick became the third-generation grower and winemaker at his family's property. Yannick is a true fanatic for detail in the vineyard and winery, and his meticulous devotion to quality translates to outstanding results in the bottle.
In your glass, this wine will remind you of just how much you love White Burgundy. Thanks to the property's higher elevation and the calcareous soil, there's a beautiful lift and nerve in perfect balance with a creamy richness.
Golden apple and orchard fruits meet notes of citrus, all joining in a fresh and vibrant palate. This versatile Chardonnay is a delight on its own and will shine when paired with roasted or grilled chicken, lighter pork dishes, and a wide variety of fish and shellfish.
Chardonnay lover? Burgundy lover? Stock up on this outstanding value from one of our favorite independent vignerons.