Domaine de la Sarazinière - Burgundy / Mâconnais

The dramatic succession of limestone outcroppings in southern Mâcon in Solutré, Vergisson, and finally, La Roche-Vineuse is impressive. Whereas vineyards in the Côte d'Or are oriented primarily toward the east and the south, the Maconnais' 500+ meter slopes offer a carpet of vines splayed out in every conceivable direction. And while the differences in exposition and elevation might make for subtly different expressions of Chardonnay, the region's workhorse grape, it's the limestone subsoil that is the geological common thread that leaves its mark on the wines. For father and son vignerons, Phillippe and Guillaume Trebignaud, their ultimate aspiration is to make wines which bear the individuality of these parcels. Terroir and vintage transparency are the operative and animating concepts of their non-interventionist philosophy.

Phillippe and Guillaume TrebignaudDomaine de la Sarazinière, in the village of Bussières, one of approximately 40 entitled to bear the Mâcon-Villages appellation label, takes its name from the lieu-dit surrounding the home where the domaine was created in 1926 by Claude Seigneuret. The Chardonnay vines he planted over 80 years ago now compose the cuvée that bears his name while his Gamay plantings of the same year find their profound expression in the full-throttled Les Devants. The domaine has recently grown to eight hectares with the additions of several Gamay parcels in Bussières and neighboring villages which has allowed for greater delineation of each of these individual Gamay cuvées. The clay/limestone soils of Bussières inform the white wines with their edgy, mineral character while they also offer Gamay a distinctly Burgundian interpretation (distinct from the Gamays of Beaujolais, grown on Granite). In contrast, recently acquired parcels of Gamay from around the village of Serrières, a stone’s throw away from official Beaujolais with its Granite based soils, allow for a studied contrast of this one grape varietal grown on two uniquely different soil mediums.

While not certified organic, the father and son team work with the conviction that only living soils, plowed regularly and not chemically treated, can communicate the unique mineral character of each vineyard to the wines. Harvest is by hand, fermentations are by native yeast without Sulphur additions and aging takes place either in tank of neutral barrel and minimal sulfite additions only at bottling to protect the wines. In short, there is no make-up to be found here. No hocus pocus. Pure, mineral Chardonnay with definition and length and Gamay of several stripes which showcase their precise place of origin at the boundary of Burgundy and Beaujolais. Hats off to the dynamic father and son team for offering us such honest and expressive wines at such everyday prices.

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Domaine de la Saraziniere

Le PavillonA marriage of two parcels, one of 70 years and the second of 15 years. Both parcels sit on hard limestone…

Cuvée Claude SeigneuretIssued from 4 separate parcels with a southern exposure planted by Claude Seigneuret in 1926. It is fermented and aged in Burgundy barrels, 10% new and the remainder from 1 to 8 years…

ColineGamay from a south-facing, clay/limestone parcel from the village of Bussières. Short maceration and minimal extraction keep the accent on primary fruit, freshness and on simple summer-time drinking pleasure.

Les DevantsClay-limestone based lieu-dit (historic named site) where Claude Seigneuret planted four separate parcels of Gamay in 1926. For Les Devants, Philippe vinifies the Gamay in the traditional Burgundy style…