Verget are a relatively fresh face on the wine scene in Burgundy having only been founded in 1990. They make a number of wines from various Burgundian appellations but I wanted to focus on two choices from the Mâconnais. This district is often a by-word for fair but slightly generic chardonnay, with the village appellations being a hit and miss collection of producers in terms of quality.
Verget are keen to change people’s preconceptions about the Mâcon and want to show off their quality and terroir.
This type of appellation is a step up from the basic Mâconnais as it has the name of the village appended to it’s name. This means that the grapes are sourced from a more specific area. This Chardonnay from the village of Charnay has a light bready aroma with sweet pear and grapefruit aromas that pleasantly linger.
It has a balanced level of acidity on the palate and delicious notes of pears, ripe yellow apples, a hint of yellow peach and a note of light toast.
This is certainly an improvement on the more generic Mâcconais wines but the price is a step up too.
Verget Pouilly Fuissé Terroir de Pouilly Les Combes Vieilles Vignes 2011 £23
A named village is another step up from the wine above, and Pouilly Fuissé is probably the best known one in this part of Burgundy. Verget have done this appellation proud with this delicious wine.
The aromas of peach, grapefruit and spiced pastry reach out of the glass. The flavours don’t disappoint either, with toasted brioche, nectarine, baking spice and ripe peaches that linger on the lengthy finish. This wine has a balance and finesse that makes it worth the extra money.