Our collaboration with Henri Perrusset dates back to the spring of 1988, when Kermit randomly sat next to him in a vigneron watering hole in the Beaujolais. Henri had just produced his first vintage, and he graciously invited Kermit over to taste it at the domaine. Ever since, this delightful Mâcon has been a staple of our portfolio, delivering reliable value and refreshment each vintage. Henri’s simple, yet proven methods—hand-harvesting, fermentation in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts, and full malolactic fermentation—result in delicious, straightforward wines that honestly reflect their terroir. Here in the southernmost part of Burgundy, the soils of clay and limestone favor crisp, mineral–driven Chardonnays layered with ripe fruit, perfect for an apéritif and versatile at table with all sorts of appetizers. This charmer makes for an excellent house white, so whether you have a simple salad, seafood, or a roast chicken on the menu, you can bet Perrusset’s Mâcon will be a great match.
|Vineyard:||50 - 65 years|
|Aging:||Wines age on their lees for 8-10 months in stainless steel cuves|
A few decades ago, in a small, local vigneron hangout in the Beaujolais, Kermit and Henri Perrusset met rather serendipitously. There weren’t enough tables in the restaurant and the hostess seated Kermit with Henri, who was just finishing up his meal. Their conversation blossomed, and Henri invited Kermit to visit and taste his first vintage. We have been buying these delicious, distinctive Chardonnays ever since. For decades, the Mâconnais has been dominated by the banal bottlings of cooperative cellars. But at the same time, Henri Perrusset has been working his vineyards by hand, reducing his yields to improve grape quality, all while offering us very reasonable prices.
I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.
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