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Domaine Cordier, Mâcon Aux Bois d'Allier 2016

White Wine from France - Burgundy
Thanks to Cordier’s low yields, this white Burgundy has exceptional depth of flavour for its price. Matured in foudres (large wooden vats) to allow flavour development without taking on any oak aromas, this is a very smart buy.
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Code: BU68811

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Drinking now
  • Cork, diam

Domaine Roger Cordier

Christophe Cordier, son of Roger, is a piercingly blue-eyed human dynamo who exudes enthusiasm and industry. He believes in low yields and late harvesting, achieved with poor soils and severe pruning and it’s evident in his recognisable house style - concentrated, full and rich but upheld by wonderful acidity, beautifully balanced and always punching above the weight of the appellation (Saint-Véran en Faux being a notable example).

Combining the domaine and its negociant arm, Christophe Cordier presides over 30-odd hectares over a number of village appellations in the greater Mâconnais, including Pouilly-Fuissé. An impressively high-tech winery includes a gravity bottling facility and a raft of high-quality large French oak casks which are coopered off-site but toasted under Christophe’s supervision. A new cellar built in the village of Fuissé completed for the 2012 harvest has been fitted out with more large foudres for fermenting and storing wine, as well as more space for 500, 350 and 228 litre barrels which will allow Christophe to extend the ageing of wines like Mâcon Milly, a wine from a cool spot that benefits from extra time in wood on its lees to develop and open out the flavours and aromas.

Burgundy Vintage 2016

It is difficult to compare this special vintage with previous ones: the wines have the aromas of a cool year and the palates of a ripe one. Normally, wines with ripe palates will have less intense aromas, while aromatic wines can have excessive acidity or scratchy tannins. In 2016, we have all the benefits and none of the disadvantages. The only big problem is quantity: 2016 produced roughly half a normal crop due to a severe frost. What has been made, however, is exceptional.

Reds are pure, intense and exquisite, especially in the Côte d’Or, which had the best weather. Combine this with deep colour, ripe fruit, sweet tannins and a fresh finish, and one has something very rare. The ripe character and the quality of the tannins are remarkable.

There is some inconsistency in style – the frost damage is very variable, so that leads to great differences in yield and therefore ripeness – but quality is uniformly high, with medium to long-term ageing potential. An exceptional year.

The...
It is difficult to compare this special vintage with previous ones: the wines have the aromas of a cool year and the palates of a ripe one. Normally, wines with ripe palates will have less intense aromas, while aromatic wines can have excessive acidity or scratchy tannins. In 2016, we have all the benefits and none of the disadvantages. The only big problem is quantity: 2016 produced roughly half a normal crop due to a severe frost. What has been made, however, is exceptional.

Reds are pure, intense and exquisite, especially in the Côte d’Or, which had the best weather. Combine this with deep colour, ripe fruit, sweet tannins and a fresh finish, and one has something very rare. The ripe character and the quality of the tannins are remarkable.

There is some inconsistency in style – the frost damage is very variable, so that leads to great differences in yield and therefore ripeness – but quality is uniformly high, with medium to long-term ageing potential. An exceptional year.

The whites have a similar blend of freshness and ripeness – traits that are usually diametrically opposed. To find them in the same wines is very unusual.

There is a little more variation in style and quality than for the reds. The Côte d’Or was the warmest region, while Chablis was distinctly cooler, with a rainy September, making bright, tense and classic wines. The Mâconnais, spared the frost, was successful too, but 1,500ha were damaged by hail in the south of the region.
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JancisRobinson.com

Very pale gold.Broad, traditional fruit and some perceptible structure. For the relativelylong term.

16+/20 Jancis Robinson

decanter.com

A deliciousChardonnay from low-yielding vines in the Bois d'Allier vineyard near Charnay,that offers real depth and concentration for its price. Maturation in old oakfoudres has given a gentle vanilla ...
A deliciousChardonnay from low-yielding vines in the Bois d'Allier vineyard near Charnay,that offers real depth and concentration for its price. Maturation in old oakfoudres has given a gentle vanilla edge to the rich green apple fruit and nuttytones but not masked the firm acidity and chalky minerality. Long and lasting.
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92/100 Tina Gellie

Sunday Express

<span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;...
<span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'><font color="#000000">Concentrated and welldefined, this white is brimming with citrus fruit together with some pearrichness. It is very stylish, has good definition and is extremely good valuefor money. - </font></span>
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Jamie Goode

The Observer

With more and moreémigrés from the more celebrated regions further north in Burgundy arriving inthe area, Mâconnais wines have never been better. But as this superbly rich,resonant,...
With more and moreémigrés from the more celebrated regions further north in Burgundy arriving inthe area, Mâconnais wines have never been better. But as this superbly rich,resonant, shimmering chardonnay shows, they still offer excellent value.
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- David Williams

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