White Burgundy Macon Milly-Lamartine Domaine Chene 2013
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Domaine Chene Macon Milly-Lamartine 2013 Chardonnay
SPECIAL DESIGNATION: A Value Buy
Cedric Chene is a third generation winemaker that has taken this winery to great new heights. Cedric recently told me in Burgundy that this was perhaps his favorite vintage of this wine. The 2013 Milly Lamartine (named after the famous French poet) Chardonnay from southern Burgundy has a dynamic taste profile. For Chardonnay lovers that love the essence of Burgundy and eschew too much Oak in their whites this hits the mark. Their neighbor, and one of my favorite producers Lafon sells their Chardonnay for a significantly higher price tag. This is one of the ultimate value buys from a very solid producer and has a really nice taste profile that truly expresses the terroir. It is hard to believe that the yields on the 2013 vintage were 30% lower than the tiny 12 vintage. While the yields were historically small and there is not much to go around, both vintages had extraordinary quality. Fragrant aromas of citrus fruit with touches of pineapple and lemon zest. A clean and refreshing palate of green apple, key lime and creamy lemon with notes of minerality, white flowers and Asian spice. A pleasing mouth feel and a long, clean finish. Pair with raw seafood, Dover sole meuniere, Chilean sea bass, Ceviche and sea scallops in garlic lemon butter.
By Domaine Chene
Macon Milly-Lamartine 2013 Chardonnay
The 2013 harvest was a good 30% down in Southern Burgundy. Cedric Chene describes his 2013s as superior to the previous year in terms of concentration. Cedric believes it has a vibrant and extremely expressive aromatic profile showing delicious light floral and mineral notes with a crisp fresh lemon curd and fresh lychee palate, emanating from judicious lees stirring. The textured length shows focused beautifully chiseled chardonnay fruit with a nice fantail finish. Harvest was early September, hand-picked and sorted. Destemmed destalked. All stainless steel vinification with lees stirring. Fined and lightly filtered. Bottled early February 2014. Drink now through 2019. A delicious versatile and refreshing aperitif and a practical accompaniment to oysters, most seafood and some light goat cheeses.
[Info Provided By J.H.N]
Our estate is located in the heart of Macon, between Mâcon and Cluny, in the town of Berzé the City, the Roche limit Vineuse Milly Lamartine in southern Burgundy. Our winery since 1973, and has continued to grow year after year. In 1999, we created a GAEC Father and Son, to develop and commercialize our products in cellar. The estate currently an area of 30 hectares with an annual production of about 2000 hectoliters. To do so, a winery was built with modern equipment and efficient. Modernism of the facility associated with traditional know-how we ensure optimum safety and allow us to continue producing wines of quality:
-Our vines are derived directly from our nursery.
-Our vineyard is planted on clay-limestone soil stony very good exposure.
-We practice sustainable farming (plowing, weeding non residual reduction treatments).
-The grapes are harvested at maximum stage of maturity.
-Our products are from different grape varieties of Burgundy (Chardonnay, Pinot Black, Gamay, Aligoté) which allows to diversify our range.
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.