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Domaine Mallory et Benjamin Talmard, Mâcon-Villages 2016

White Wine from France - Burgundy
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The continuing popularity of the Talmards with Society members will surely be guaranteed by this full-flavoured but fresh 2016, broad and ample, with no oak flavour. Proof positive that while 2016 may be restricted in quantity, quality is excellent.
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Code: BU66011

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, diam

Domaine Mallory et Benjamin Talmard

The Talmard family name has been involved in wine production since the 17th century, and it was the current generation’s grandfather, Joseph, that planted some of the current Talmard vineyards at the family’s home base Uchizy.

Joseph’s son Paul Talmard led the next generation. He used to deliver his grapes to the local co-opérative at Chardonnay, but in 1971 he withdrew, believing he could make better wine under his own domaine name. His wines went from strength to strength, and in 1997 he appointed his daughter Mallory and her husband Benjamin as chief winemakers. They have taken full control in recent years, and continue to run the winery with Paul’s philosophy and values.

They now have over 27ha of vineyards. The majority is in Uchizy, but they also have significant quantities in Montbellet, Chardonnay, Tournus, and Farges-lès-Mâcon. The vineyards are handled with the utmost care – Mallory and Benjamin know that perfect maturity equals perfect concentration, so they play close attention to the ripening of the grapes.

Many of the vineyards are planted on well-exposed slopes, which moderate yields and maximise ripening potential. When they are confident the grapes have reached their ideal ripeness, they use machine-harvesting for ultimate flexibility, and even harvest at night during particularly hot vintages to conserve the quality of the grapes.

The grapes are pressed, clarified, and then cool-fermented in stainless-steel tanks and kept on their lees for two to four months....
The Talmard family name has been involved in wine production since the 17th century, and it was the current generation’s grandfather, Joseph, that planted some of the current Talmard vineyards at the family’s home base Uchizy.

Joseph’s son Paul Talmard led the next generation. He used to deliver his grapes to the local co-opérative at Chardonnay, but in 1971 he withdrew, believing he could make better wine under his own domaine name. His wines went from strength to strength, and in 1997 he appointed his daughter Mallory and her husband Benjamin as chief winemakers. They have taken full control in recent years, and continue to run the winery with Paul’s philosophy and values.

They now have over 27ha of vineyards. The majority is in Uchizy, but they also have significant quantities in Montbellet, Chardonnay, Tournus, and Farges-lès-Mâcon. The vineyards are handled with the utmost care – Mallory and Benjamin know that perfect maturity equals perfect concentration, so they play close attention to the ripening of the grapes.

Many of the vineyards are planted on well-exposed slopes, which moderate yields and maximise ripening potential. When they are confident the grapes have reached their ideal ripeness, they use machine-harvesting for ultimate flexibility, and even harvest at night during particularly hot vintages to conserve the quality of the grapes.

The grapes are pressed, clarified, and then cool-fermented in stainless-steel tanks and kept on their lees for two to four months. In the spring following the vintage, after chilling and filtration, the wines are bottled as quickly as possible so they have time to develop. Talmard wines are a brilliant example of the ripe, round style of unoaked chardonnay the Mâconnais has to offer.
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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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The Daily Telegraph

Back on form afterthe slightly baggy 2015 (it was a warm year). This white burgundy with thefaintest tinge of oranges has won many admirers and is still hard to beat,though only TWS has low enough margins ...
Back on form afterthe slightly baggy 2015 (it was a warm year). This white burgundy with thefaintest tinge of oranges has won many admirers and is still hard to beat,though only TWS has low enough margins to sell it under £10.
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- Victoria Moore

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