This Burgundy Estate produces one utterly perfect wine: a pure and refreshing Chardonnay, from the birthplace of the Chardonnay grape.
The 49 acres of vineyards lie predominantly within the commune of Chardonnay – thought to be the geographical origin of the variety, and thus entitled to use the AOC “Mâcon-Chardonnay.”
The estate is dedicated to the production of a single wine. Grapes are picked fairly early to maintain good acidity and are whole-cluster pressed and fermented with indigenous yeasts under temperature control entirely in stainless steel. The wine is lastly aged for 6-8 months sur-lie.
An extremely early flowering was followed by a warmer than average spring and an exceptionally warm summer. Harvest was one of the earliest on record, finishing in late August. Talmard’s 2020 Mâcon-Chardonnay displays excellent tension to balance the vintage’s ripe fruit and deep concentration — the quintessential “sunshine in a bottle” that makes Mâcon so appealing.
The Talmards practice lutte raisonée and in general their approach both in the vineyard and cellar (native yeasts fermentations, no aging in barrel) is to in a straightforward manner transmit a pure, fresh fruit character in their wines.
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