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A benchmark producer in our portfolio for almost thirty years now, Henri Perrusset continues to impress with his reliably refreshing, affordable, and all-around delicious Chardonnays from the heartland of the Mâconnais. After so many consistent vintages, we enjoy a relationship of mutual trust with Henri, and he is even kind enough to let us taste through each tank of the new wine every year in order for us to get first dibs on what we like best, for our very own blend.
In 2015, a vintage characterized by full-bodied wines with ripe, concentrated fruit, the challenge proved to be retaining the characteristic liveliness in Henri’s white—that crackle of bright acidity that keeps things thirst-quenching. Tasting through the fruits of Henri’s labor proved very reassuring: while certain tanks exhibited a broader, creamier, more exotic persona than others, all of the raw material displayed snappy minerality beneath layers of succulent Chardonnay fruit.
In the end, there was very little blending to be done, as Henri did the hard work for us: he crafted yet another lovely Mâcon-Villages with that perfect balance of stony nerve and mouth-coating fruit that has made this a go-to, crowd-pleasing white since 1988.
|Vineyard:||15-30 years, 6.5 ha|
|Aging:||Wines age on their lees for 8-10 months in stainless steel cuves before bottling|
Arnaud Ente France | Burgundy | Volnay
Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch