Melon Vieilles Vignes ‘Miss Terre’, Domaine de la Senechaliere, France 2016

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13 hectares – indigenous grape varieties – ancient vines – organic

Domaine de la Senechalière

Marc Pesnot has built a reputation fashioning exciting wines from the indigenous grape variety of Melon de Bourgogne. He farms his domaine, which comprises around 13 hectares of vines, following organic principles, while also taking a minimal intervention approach in the winery. ‘La Bohème’ is a vibrant wine which defies critics who argue that Melon Blanc produces one-dimensional cuvées. Marc harvests his grapes by hand, before leaving the wine on its lees for a minimum of 9 months. This gives a wine which is creamy on the palate, with elegant white fruit flavours and a wonderful mineral texture on the finish – a pure expression of old vine Melon Blanc. Marc produces his ‘Folle Blanche’ cuvée from even older vines, ranging from 60 to 80 years old. Yields are extremely low, helping to produce this fantastically intense white, which showcases floral notes and stone fruit flavours.

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