Andrew Guard

2015 Mâcon-Villages, Domaine Valette

(from 40-year-old vines; bottled  in March 2018 and aged in tank): Bright, platinum-white gold. Aromas of zesty lemon, verbena and minerals, with a marine lift. As with all the Valette wines this is intense in the mouth, saline and tightly wound with a beautiful caressing texture and a perfect thread of acidity to maintain energy and shape. This special wine has a succulence and lovely long mouth-feel. It's very fine, very mineral and very alive - all you have to do is just sit back and revel in the flavours. If you like the wines of Ganevat or Frédéric Cossard then you will love this.

Baptiste and Philippe Valette continues on in their father Gerard’s footsteps by producing incredible wines, packed with personality. They are the reference point for artisan wines from the Mâconnais. Their work is exacting; once the fruit is ready the harvest is manual in late September and once in the winery the entire harvest is pressed slowly with a pneumatic press. Vinification is natural: without sulphur, without yeasts, chaptalisation or acidification.

I often find myself in the cellars and homes of the winemakers that we work with and those that we would like to work with and it is interesting to see the bottles that have been kept by them that sit empty in their homes and cellars. I think it would be fair to say that those of Valette have been the most prominent and when remarked upon, his work is respected and adored.