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Jacques Saumaize Saint-Veran Poncetys 2019

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White wine. Mâconnais, Burgundy, France. Sustainable. 100% Chardonnay. "As I mentioned last year, the Poncétys bottling of Saint-Véran from Domaine Saumaize is from some of their oldest vines, as this parcel was planted in 1944 and 1945! The wine sees twenty percent new oak, is barrel-fermented and has turned out splendidly in the 2019 vintage, offering up a deep and complex nose of apple, pear, a hint of fresh pineapple, a beautiful base of chalky soil, hazelnuts and a discreet foundation of buttery oak. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and still youthful, with a rock solid core of old vine fruit, fine soil signature, zesty acids and a long, nascently complex and beautifully balanced finish. Old vines seem to navigate the vagaries of hot years better than younger vines and this certainly seems to be the case here, as this wine has really very good acidity for 2019 and should prove to be a quite long-lived example of the vintage. It is certainly very tasty today, but more complexity will emerge with a year or two in the cellar, as it remains a tad on the primary side." 93 Points — John Gilman, View From The Cellar #93 (May/June 2021)