DOMAINE DE LA SARAZINIERE
DOMAINE DE LA SARAZINIERE
Burgundy (Mâcon), France
Domaine de la Sarazinière, in the village of Bussières, one of approximately 40 entitled to bear the Mâcon-Villages appellation label, takes its name from the lieu-dit surrounding the home where the domaine was created in 1926 by Claude Seigneuret. The Chardonnay vines he planted over 80 years ago now compose the cuvée that bears his name while his Gamay plantings of the same year find their profound expression in the full-throttled Les Devants. The domaine has recently grown to eight hectares with the additions of several Gamay parcels in Bussières and neighboring villages, which has allowed for greater delineation of each of these individual Gamay cuvées. The clay/limestone soils of Bussières inform the white wines with their edgy, mineral character while they also offer Gamay a distinctly Burgundian interpretation (distinct from the Gamays of Beaujolais, grown on Granite). In contrast, recently acquired parcels of Gamay from around the village of Serrières, a stone’s throw from official Beaujolais with its Granite based soils, allow for a marked contrast of this one grape varietal grown on two uniquely different soil mediums.
While not certified organic, the father and son team work with the conviction that only living soils, plowed regularly and not chemically treated, can communicate the unique mineral character of each vineyard to the wines. Harvest is by hand, fermentations are by native yeast without sulphur additions and aging takes place either in tank or neutral barrel with minimal sulfite additions only at bottling to protect the wines. In short, these are wines without artifice. Pure, mineral Chardonnay with definition and length and several interpretations of Gamay, which showcase their precise place of origin at the boundary of Burgundy and Beaujolais. Remarkable wines!
Some Wines Produced:
[From vines planted in 1999 in the lieu dit of “les bruyères" in Bussières; wild fermentation in tank and aged for 18 months in stainless steel vats, then bottled with minimal sulphur]
- Complex, round, floral, expressive, and saline, with a long and salivating finish
Mâcon Bussieres Blanc “Cuvée Claude Seigneuret”
[From the estate’s oldest vines, four hilltop plots planted in 1926 over limestone soils, facing south; vinified and raised in 10% new barrels and 90% in barrels between their first and eighth passages; bottled with minimal sulphur]
- Bright and mineral-driven with a lovely ripe stone fruit profile balanced by fresh acidity and delicate creaminess