Jean-Claude Janin’s brilliant estate in southern Burgundy, Terres de Chatenay is great farming of old vines on limestone soils.
I met Jean-Claude years ago when he was delivering grapes huge domaine in the Mâcon where I was tasting with a friend. My buddy introduced me to Jean Claude as a brilliant farmer that sold most of his grapes but made a little bit of wine for his himself. “A little wine, for a tiny domaine”, he humbly said. This peaked my interest, I know this game. I struck up a conversation as best I could with Jean Claude and asked if I could taste his wine. As I suspected, he, of course, kept the best stuff for himself. His white Burgundies were as good as any I tasted on that trip and they were about half the price.
Years, later, Terre de Chatenay has developed cult status here at Nicholas Wines; the wines are uncommonly fine, delivering incredible quality:price ratio. The 2018 Mâcon Peronne is no exception, stainless-steel fermented Chardonnay, pure of fruit with electric minerality. Long on the palate, crisp in its finish, this is wine to drink with anything from the sea or Thanksgiving dinner.
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Long on the palate, crisp in its finish, this is wine to drink with anything from the sea or Thanksgiving dinner.
It’s a great choice for a house white, perfect with so many things, roasted chicken, flaky white fish and just by itself as the perfect apertif.