Maurice Martin Saint-Véran 2014
Wine: Maurice Martin
Region: Saint-Véran, Macônnais
Sometimes you get to talking with a friend you haven't seen in six months and you forget you're supposed to be paying attention to and documenting the wine you brought. A mellow evening on the couch with a great bottle and real conversation is one of my favorite ways to pass the time, even when it means scrambling to capture the essence of a wine in its last drops. We even got a little work done. Double score. After a brief conversation on how I can improve the wine photography on this site (seriously not easy to get a bottle of wine to tell a story), my host arranged this lovely shot. That was the last of it in the glass. So clean, vibrant and easy drinking, no snacks were needed, just plenty of chat.
Maurice Martin's sons Richard and Stephane took over the Macônnais winery in 1990 and immediately began converting the vineyards to organic practices. They've been certified organic by the EU since 2012. They use indigenous yeasts for fermentation in stainless steel tank, full malolactic and 10 months aged on the lees. It's a lovely expression of the Saint-Véran appellation, which sits on the outskirts of Burgundy proper, in the Southern part of the Macônnais.
The Maurice Martin Saint-Véran 2014 is clean, bright, quintessential naked chardonnay with apple aromas and crisp acidity, ripe fruit on the palate, some mineral notes and long delicious finish.