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Jacques Saumaize Saint-Veran Poncetys 2018

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White wine. Mâconnais, Burgundy, France. Sustainable. 100% Chardonnay. "The Saint-Véran “Poncetys” from Domaine Jacques Saumaize is composed of some of the family’s very oldest vines, as the parcels here were planted at the end of World War II in 1944 and 1945. Like the old vine bottling in the lieu à dit of En Crêches, this wine is barrel-fermented and sees twenty percent new wood. The 2018 Poncetys offers up a superb bouquet of apple, white peach, a touch of hazelnut, a fine base of soil, just a hint of buttery oak and a topnote of acacia blossoms. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and vibrant, with excellent balance and acidity, a rock solid core and outstanding length and grip on the complex finish. The soils here have more clay than in les Crêches, which gives the wine a bit broader shoulders and superb mid-palate depth. But, the exposition is plain East, which also allows the wine to retain acidity and lift—a very lovely combination." — 92+ Points, John Gilman, View From The Cellar #88 (July/August 2020)