Macon Davayé, Domaine de la Croix Senaillet, Burgundy, France 2015
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Organic – recent modernisation – brothers in arms – family owned – 25 hectares
When brothers Richard and Stephane Martin took control of their family estate from their father in 1992, they wasted no time in making the changes that they thought would benefit their wines in the long run.
First on their list was to convert their vineyards to organic practices, before they looked to extend their operation slightly to allow them to experiment with an increased variety of terroirs. They swiftly grew the domaine from 6.5 to 25 hectares, enabling them to be far more selective with the fruit used in the final winemaking process.
The combination of these changes has undoubtedly proved extremely successful in ensuring that the wines of Domaine de la Croix Senaillet are increasing in quality year on year – an example of what can be achieved when the entire winemaking process is scrutinised, from vine to bottle.
Really approachable, soft unoaked Chardonnay, hints of melon and pineapple with a lovely acacia honey finish. Produced organically this is Maconnais at its very best. Lovely ripe apple fruit with a spicy note and crisp acidity.