2022 Sylvaine et Alaine Normand Mâcon La Roche-Vineuse, Burgundy - Harvest Wine Shop

2022 Sylvaine et Alaine Normand Mâcon La Roche-Vineuse, Burgundy

2022 Sylvaine et Alaine Normand Mâcon La Roche-Vineuse, Burgundy

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A fantastic White Burgundy that should command a higher price point, but luckily for us, it doesn't! Grab this and our other Chardonnays and figure out if you like new or old world wine best!

Sustainable farming (moving progressively to organics) from just over 20 acres on the flanks of La Roche-Vineuse. This is Alain’s original cuvée, and is still made the same way: diligent farming, spontaneous ferments, and a long aging on the lees (that spicy zesty quality in the finish of the wine comes from the lees contact). Production varies between 4,000 to 5,000 cases.

Tasting Notes ripe peach, citrus and white flowers with wonderful minerality 
Variety Chardonnay
Region Mâcon AOC, Burgundy, France from the village of La Roche-Vineuse 
Volume 750ml
Alcohol Volume 13.5%



    Alain Normand hails from the Loire Valley, but his ancestral home is Normandy, hence his name. That makes him a Norseman—a Viking—and true to form he is a tall, red-headed man. The hair was redder and fuller when we met in the last century, but Alain, like his wines, ages gracefully.

    He met Sylvaine, a Burgundian, in the wine school in Beaune. They began their careers in the early 1990s by taking over an abandoned vineyard in La Roche-Vineuse with a métayage, or sharecropping contract on 32 acres, a common agricultural practice in France. Vinifications were done in an old stone barn overtop of a hodgepodge of cellars where they aged their wine, just down the road in the village. La Roche Vineuse sits on the flank of a huge limestone outcropping that gives its name to Vineuse. The village overlooks a small pass that cuts through the Mâcon ridges and leads to Cluny, where the Benedictine order of monks had their seat of power in their medieval heyday. 

    From the very first, Alain has made wine as naturally as possible, relying on spontaneous ferments and long, gentle élevages on the lees. Whereas the local co-ops typically start bottling in January after the harvest, Alain lets his ferments dictate timing, and sometimes the ambient yeast takes till August or even beyond to finish their work. Normally, his classical range of whites is raised in steel while the old vine cuvées are raised in barrel (these days the grapes for the former are harvested by machine while the old vine grapes destined for barrel are hand-harvested). He rarely fines and often doesn’t filter. The vines now cover 86 acres and include appellation Bourgogne, Mâcon, Saint Véran, and Pouilly-Fuissé. The couple has been progressively moving to an organic viticulture and expect full certification in 2024.

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