Saint-Veran La Grande Bruyère, Mommessin
- Good ripe fruit and a gentle touch of creamy oak - delicious!
- Côte Mâconnais & Côte Chalonnais
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- Mommessin has its origins in Southern Burgundy. In fact, it was at Grange Saint-Pierre, an old outbuilding of the Abbey of Cluny, that Jean-Marie Mommessin, the company founder, set up the business in 1865. From the beginning, Mommessin has selected and vinified Gamay, the sovereign varietal in the Beaujolais. The former medieval fortress dating from the 10th century, which once belonged to the Seigneurs of Beaujeu, was acquired in 1566 by the family who still own it today and started wine production on the surrounding land. The estate today covers 55 hectares on the slopes around the Château as well as some holdings in Burgundy, notably St Veran. The vineyards are planted at a density of 10,000 vines per hectare, as in Burgundy, pruned either in the traditional free-standing goblet, or as a "cordon de royat" with trellising. Harvesting is done by hand and the wine made according to the traditional Beaujolais method, with semi-carbonic maceration lasting between 8 and 15 days, with devatting during fermentation for gentle extraction of flavours. The wines are aged in concrete vats after malolactic fermentation in the traditional fashion.
Made from 25-35 year-old vines planted in very stony soils, this St Veran shows classic aspects of the Mâconnais appellation with good ripe Chardonnay fruit and a gentle touch of creamy oak. Delicious!
- "The La Grande Bruyere vineyard was planted near the village of Davayé in 1973 by Renée and Roger Luquet. At a height of 245 metres and with a clay and limestone soil, the Saint-Véran from this terroir is softer than others. It shows excellent concentration of ripe and creamy fruit with a tiny hint of delicate oak - well crafted wine" - Jeannie Cho Lee MW.
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Try this superb wine with crab and prawns or steamed or grilled fish. it also goes very well with creamy vegetable soups.
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