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Biodynamic. This steep vineyard is the cradle of the Soufrandière estate and
one of the Mâcon’s most significant sites. Ploughed mostly by horse and farmed
biodynamically since 2001, it’s a vineyard that produces the Bret brothers’
most profound wines. Here, the Bajocian-era limestone soils are high in both
calcium carbonate and quartz, and rich in iron (giving the rock an ochre tint).
There is also some granitic influence. Most of the vineyard sits on soil only
20 to 30cm in depth before the roots hit the mother rock. In some sections, the
topsoil can be scraped aside by hand to reveal the bare limestone. Such a
situation, when matched with the appropriate viticulture, results in wines with
the mineral clout to cut through even the ripest, juiciest fruit.
love about this wine is that it’s so proudly Mâconnais—with layers of textured,
voluminous fruit—and yet it is also incredibly precise, with the poise, length
and mineral freshness that is so familiar from the best Côte de Beaune whites.
It helps that the massale selection vines are aged between 45 and 80 years
(with younger vine material at the site declassified into the straight
Pouilly-Vinzelles). This is benchmark Mâcon (benchmark
We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which we operate in Melbourne, and pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge and respect the Traditional Owners of lands across Australia, their Elders, Ancestors, cultures and heritage, and recognise the continuing sovereignties of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nations.
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