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DOMAINE JEAN TOUZOT MACON VILLAGES
DOMAINE JEAN TOUZOT MACON VILLAGES
Ask someone if they would like a glass of white Burgundy, or Chablis, they are likely to decline. Then ask what they might like instead, and the answer might be Chardonnay. Ironically, these are all actually wines of the same grape. Back in the day, the Chablis and burgundy names were a term for an insipid, generic tasting, white wine from a jug or box. But Chablis, like Burgundy is an actual place where the noble grape, Chardonnay is grown - and arguably some of the best, at least most iconic in the world.
Domain Touzot's Macon Villages is 100 percent Chardonnay coming from their estate in the southern region of Burgundy, called Macon. The Touzot family domaine is located in the northernmost part of the Macon region, just south of the Cotes Chalonnaise. The 10 hectares of vineyards, in the commune of Martailly les Brancion, next to Mancey and Tournus, are planted half with Pinot Noir (for Bourgogne Rouge) and Gamay (for Macon Rouge) and half with Chardonnay. The Chardonnay is planted on slopes at an average altitude of 200 meters with clay-limestone soils. The vines average 30 years of age, making for a more concentrated and complex wine. The grapes are 100% hand harvested and quickly pressed in a state of the art bladder press, in order to extract all the fruit and aromas while avoiding any bitterness. Touzot ferments the juice in temperature controlled, stainless steel cuvees. The wine is bottled in May, and released for sale after four months of bottle age. In recent years they have improved their viticultural practice to sustainably farm. They have ended systematic vineyard treatments, and now only carry out treatments when absolutely necessary. They have discontinued the use of herbicides and now regularly plows the soil to ensure its healthy state and encourage the vines' roots to go deep into the limestone subsoil. These farming practices, the old age of the vines, the southern exposure, limestone and clay soils -- all add to the juice that is expressed each vintage. The potential of the Touzot estate was already recognized in June 1996, when the Revue du Vin de France (France's equivalent to our Decanter magazine) acclaimed the Touzot Macon Villages: "at last a wine with fine acidity, with a lively expression of terroir and of fruit, which departs from the general surrounding mediocrity" (enfin un vin de belle acidite, avec une expression vive du terroir, et du grain, et qui sort de la mediocrite ambiante."
Jean Touzot's Macon Villages is a text book example: a lively bouquet of green apples and flowers (acacia is notable) and good, crisp persistent, juicy green apple and melon Chardonnay fruit. It is the perfect all-purpose white wine, served chilled but not ice-cold. This wine goes particularly well with lighter fish and fowl dishes, shrimp and crab, cold meats, and is also a perfect aperitif. The Touzot Macon Villages represents outstanding value in Chardonnay. The Touzot Macon Village's balanced acidity and fruit complimented Fruition's "Fried Chicken" and their crab cakes perfectly. The wine is delicate enough, not to over-power the chicken, but also has enough structure to stand up to the rich mushroom sauce and buttery biscuits that were served on the side. So, for all the at home cooks, when you take the money to buy the freshest ingredients and the time to prepare a spectacular meal, choose a wine that will highlight those efforts. Touzot Macon Village is available at Joy Wine and Spirits at 1302 E. 6th Avenue.