Céline & Laurent Tripoz work 11 ha of vines around the village of Loche just to the South-West of the town of Mâcon, producing their first wines with the 1990 vintage. Since 2001 they have used no chemicals on their land and in 2006 received both Ecocert (Organic) and Demeter (Biodynamic) certification for their vineyards.
The land in the Mâconnais is more rollicking & rolling as opposed to the classic cap-rock to the North….there is quite a diversity of soil types throughout the region but around Loche it’s all about Basal Middle Jurassic goodies with Ostrea Acuminate marls similar to the Cote DÓr and its companion limestone. to the North-East of Loche the soils move more towards a thin covering of loam and conglomerates derived from the underlying jurassic formation.
Their work in the vineyards is tireless….severe pruning, de-budding and leaf plucking and low yields…working with the biodynamic calendar to ensure the treat their land with a gentle hand….the same mindset follows through to cellar practises which are hands-off with minimal use of sulphur.
The wines of Macon certainly represent great value for money…..quality standards have taken a big leap in recent years….partly due to Burgundy big-guns Domaine Leflaive and Comte Lafon producing some great wines from the region….which I suspect gave local producers a bit of a kick up the arse and also focussed a bit more light on the regions wines.
Pale gold in the glass with aromas of peach, nectarine and nashi pear with hints of apple, honeysuckle, soft spice, white flowers, nougart and minerals.
Well weighted on the palate with plenty of pure fruit and sapid acid zing. Juicy stone-fruit flavours with white peach and nectarine with hints of lemony citrus and green apple. Underlying these fresh fruits is an array of flavours encompassing dried honey, marzipan, nougart and spice with some light, creamy, leesy goods peeking through on the finish.
Plenty of minerally interest with a clean, refined, lean the wine shows a refined lingering finish and a snappy, limey acid profile. Great drinking…..would be the shizzle with scallops…..the shizzle I tell yah!……like “Jungle Pam” Hardy the Drag Queen (I actually had a model of this car when I was a kid….the model of Pam was not included for some reason).
This wine was tasted while listening to the Arthur Lee’s 1971 solo album….he used to front the legendary band “Love”from the late ’60’s & early ’70’s….
Price: $35 – Closure: Cork – Alcohol: 13% – Source: Cellar