The lovely village of Saint-Véran, which produces Saint-Véran Blanc, is wedged between the areas of Beaujolais and Pouilly-Fuisse, hidden among the hills. Established by decree on January 6,1971, it is the latest appellation in the Mâconnais region. Its Jurassic chalky soil, a continuation of the limestone strata found in the Côte d'Or, is ideal for growing Chardonnay grapes. Drouhin's offering is one of the best and most traditional of the region. Picked by hand, the Chardonnay grapes are gently pressed then fermented in stainless steel so as not to hide the pure fruit flavors. Bottled before summer to capture the freshness and fruitiness of the wine, it may be drunk young or within 4 years from the harvest. Stylistically close to Pouilly-Fuisse, with its golden green hue, its intense fruity, flowery nose and its refreshing flavours, Saint-Véran marries well with hors-d'oeuvre, delicately flavoured charcuterie, oysters, mussels and other shellfish. It will also be wonderfully refreshing aperitif on its own without food. The 2014 was a TOP 100 WINE OF THE YEAR 2016.
Wine SpectatorA lush yet succulent style, this displays floral, apple, white peach and subtle honey flavors. Balanced, leaving a fresh, cleansing impression on the finish. Drink now through 2021
Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Saint-Veran is a partnership with around 20 estates and is comprised mostly of purchased must. It has a little more concentration than the Mâcon-Bussiere Les Clos with hints of white flower and almond. The palate is well balanced with a crisp line of acidity, pretty and with fine tension with an edgy finish, probably due to the malolactic being stopped (a good decision that benefits this wine). Recommended.