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The 2018 Saint Veran Vigne de Saint Claude comes from 50-year-old vines in vineyards close to Vergisson and is matured in 25% new oak. It has a very pure bouquet of peach, apricot blossom and pralines, the oak beautifully enmeshed. The very well-balanced palate displays a fine bead of acidity, a waxy texture and a hint of reduction toward the almost Meursault-like finish. Stunning quality for the price, but nothing new there. Drink 2020 - 2032.
The 2018 Saint-Véran Vigne de Saint-Claude is only from old vines this year, cropped at some 55 hectoliters per hectare—low, by the standards of this copious vintage. Revealing aromas of pear, ripe citrus fruit, peach and hazelnuts, it's full-bodied, ample and layered, with impressive concentration, lively acids and good length on the finish.
This plot is located in the village of Prissé but it is very close to the vineyards of Pouilly-Fuissé from Vergisson. The vines are about 50 years old, the soil is clay-limestone and very stony. This cuvée is composed only of free run juice fermented only in barrels with 25 % new oak. The fermentions ended at the end of December and barrel ageing lasted approximately 6 additional months. Smoky on the nose, with toasted cereals and white peach to the fore. Oily and rich on the palate, there is a hint of tropical fruit to go with the peach and pear at the core. Very primary and pure, this is all about the fleshy fruit that lingers through to the long finish.
Generous wood sets off mostly aromas of matchstick and white orchard fruit scents. Here too there is fine volume to the mouth coating and sappy medium-bodied flavors that possess a caressing yet impressively intense mouth feel before terminating in a bone dry finish. I would observe that while this is carrying more wood than I personally prefer, this is a quality effort.