Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin:
"A wine that smiles and makes you smile! It is stylistically close to Pouilly-Fuissé, with its golden hue, its greenish reflection and its refreshing taste. The aromas are reminiscent of the ripe Chardonnay grape, with subtle notes of musk. A pleasant roundness coats the palate".
Grape Variety: Chardonnay.
Site: at the southern end of Burgundy, just north of Beaujolais. The appellation Saint-Véran is actually larger than the territory of the commune.
History & tradition: the actual village of Saint-Vérand is spelled differently (note the final "d"). Established by decree in 1971, it is the latest appellation in the Mâconnais region.
Soil: Jurassic limestone, a continuation of the chalky strata found in the Côte d'Or, ideal for growing Chardonnay grapes.
Type: in stainless steel vats
Length: 6 to 8 months
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.
Though rich, this is offset by vivid acidity, creating a nice tension to the lemon, apple and melon flavors. Long and tangy on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 8,000 cases imported.–BS - Wine Spectator Magazine 90 Points, Top 100 2016
This unoaked wine made from low-yield vines has great minerality and a tight texture. It is packed with acidity as well as citrus fruits. The mineral edge gives the wine tightness and also brings out apples and tangy acidity. Drink from 2017. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 88 Points
The 2014 St Veran comes from 17 growers and one-third of the crop is raised in new 500-liter barrels. It has a satisfying bouquet with Granny Smith apples and a hint of orange blossom, perhaps more enticing than the 2014 Mâcon-Lugny. The palate is linear and crisp, very fine acidity here with a tang of sour lemon that enlivens the finish. It's just a little smudged right on the end, but otherwise this is well worth looking up. - Robert Parker 88 Points