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VIEW FROM THE CELLAR By John Gilman n°79

VIEW FROM THE CELLAR By John Gilman n°79

2016 Mâcon La Roche Vineuse- Domaine Sylvaine et Alain Normand
The 2016 Mâcon La Roche Vineuse from Alain Normand is a lovely example of the vintage, offering up a bright and complex nose of apple, lemon blossoms, a touch of fresh pineapple, lovely soil tones and a nice touch of spice in the upper register. On the palate the wine is focused, full and rock solid at the core, with excellent soil signature, zesty acids and a long, complex and vibrant finish. This is pure, unadorned and totally honest Mâcon of the highest order.

2016 Mâcon La Roche Vineuse “Vieilles Vignes”- Domaine Sylvaine et Alain Normand
The old vine version of Alain Normand’s Mâcon La Roche Vineuse hails from vines planted right after the Second World War. He raises this wine in a combination of older casks and some new oak and Monsieur Normand will often allow this an extended elevage if the wine asks for it. The 2016 Vieilles Vignes is a stunning bottle of Mâcon, wafting from the glass in a complex and very pure combination of pear, apple, acacia blossoms, chalky soil tones and just atouch of buttery oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully structured, with a superb girdle of acidity, a rock solid core, lovely backend mineral drive and a long, poised and complex finish. Great juice.

2016 Pouilly-Fuissé- Domaine Sylvaine et Alain Normand
The 2016 Pouilly-Fuissé from Sylvaine and Alain Normand is a lovely example of its appellation, offering up a bright and classy nose of pear, apple, toasty soil tones, spring flowers and just a whisper of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and complex, with zesty acids, a fine core and impressive length and grip on the poised and very well-balanced finish. This is excellent, unadulterated, old school Pouilly-Fuissé!

The Wine Advocate 2017 by Neal Martin

The Wine Advocate 2017 by Neal Martin

2015 Domaine Alain Normand Pouilly Fuisse
The 2015 Pouilly Fuisse o ers a spicy, almost ery bouquet that seems to calm down with aeration, settling with punchy orange peel, red apple and inty aromas. The palate is well balanced with plenty of roundness on the entry, well-judged acidity with hints of nutmeg and sage toward the nish. This is a fascinating and complex Pouilly-Fuissé with very good persistence, though I would be inclined to drink this in the rst ve years rather than allowing it to age.

2015 Domaine Alain Normand Macon la Roche Vineuse Vieilles Vignes
The 2015 Macon la Roche Vineuse Vieilles Vignes has relatively terse, quite tertiary bouquet that is well de ned and quite intense in style. The palate is well balanced with orange zest and fresh pear on the entry, the acidity well judged and with impressive concentration toward the nish. If you a seeking a more powerful Mâcon then this suits the bill.

The Wine Advocate 2013 by Neal Martin

The Wine Advocate 2013 by Neal Martin

2012 Domaine Alain Normand Macon la Roche Vineuse
The 2012 Macon-La Roche Vineuse comes from vines aged between 50 and 60 years and is raised in stainless steel vats. It has a conservative, stony bouquet that is well-de ned with traces of lime ower and granite. The palate is well-balanced with a keen citric thread that underpins this straight-laced but nicely focused, Puligny-like Macon. Understated but charming. Domaine Normand is the estate of Loire-born Alain Norman and his wife Sylvaine, whom he met at Beaune University. They oversee 11 hectares of vine in La Roche-Vineuse and from modest beginnings under metayage agreements they have inherited their own parcels to build up a small portfolio. I found their wines commendable if not top tier and yet their Macon La Roche- Vineuse is absolutely superb and comes highly recommended.

2009 Domaine Alain Normand Macon la Roche Vineuse
The 2009 Macon-La Roche Vineuse has a very attractive bouquet with lime ower and citrus notes, touches of cold stone and int emerging with continued aeration. The palate is well- balanced, harmonious and with nicely judged acidity. It is not a powerful Macon, but full of poise and nesse with a re ned quince-infused nish. Excellent. Domaine Normand is the estate of Loire-born Alain Norman and his wife Sylvaine, whom he met at Beaune University. They oversee 11 hectares of vine in La Roche-Vineuse and from modest beginnings under metayage agreements they have inherited their own parcels to build up a small portfolio. I found their wines commendable if not top tier and yet their Macon La Roche- Vineuse is absolutely superb and comes highly recommended.

The Wine Advocate 2014 by Neal Martin

The Wine Advocate 2014 by Neal Martin

2011 Domaine Alain Normand Macon la Roche Vineuse Vieilles Vignes
The 2011 Mâcon La Roche Vineuse Vieilles Vignes comes from two hectares of 60-year-old vines and was raised for 12 months in oak barrel. It has a rather reticent nose at rst, but with continued aeration it reveals attractive undergrowth and honeysuckle scents that remain understated. The palate is well- balanced with tropical fruit, mango and orange zest on the entry. This demonstrates good weight and freshness, a sound Mâcon that is aging well in bottle.

2013 Domaine Alain Normand Macon la Roche Vineuse
The 2013 Mâcon La Roche Vineuse Blanc comes from ten hectares of 30- year-old vines and was raised entirely in stainless steel. It has a light fresh pear and apple-scented bouquet that unfolds nicely in the glass. The palate is clean and fresh with light citric notes on the entry, but it is very linear toward the nish. This is a discretely classy Mâcon.

Sommeliers International n°161

Sommeliers International n°161

Pouilly-Fuisse Aux Vignerais 2016
Visual aspect: clear, intense, green tinges. Fluid, limpid ad brilliant. Nose: marked by nuts perfumes (almond, hazelnut) and white flowers (acacia). Palate: fat, fresh, fruity, slightly woody. Vivid and balanced finish, long and pleasant. Match with food: grilled scallops with herbs. Comments: well developed wine, very pleasant.

Mâcon La Roche Vineuse Vieilles Vignes 215
Visual aspect: beautiful and clear pale yellow hue. Nose: fresh, floral (white flowers), fresh fruits, buttery. Palate: nice first taste, fresh, fat and full. Supported by a beautiful aromatic range. Fruity finish, nice length. Match with food: leg’s frogs fricassee. Comments: a balanced and fruity wine.

Guide des Vins Bettanne et Desseauve 2019

Guide des Vins Bettanne et Desseauve 2019

Vineyard of 35 hectares, in the process of being certificated "High Environmental Value" which sells only a part of its production in bottle. The style of the wines is serious and precise and we will follow this evolution with a lot of interest.

Le Guide Hachette des Vins 2019

Le Guide Hachette des Vins 2019

Alain Normand began in 1993 spearhead of 13 hectares. In 2010, the estate expanded considerably with the vineyard of Sylvaine’s father. Today, 32 hectares of vineyards spread over Solutré, Chaintré, Prissé and La Roche Vineuse.

Pouilly-Fuisse Aux Vignerais 2016
Originate from Thirty-year-old Chardonnay vines, this Pouilly-Fuisse was aged for one year in vats. Pale gold with green tint, it surprises by the complexity of its aromas: first mineral, then in a floral and amyloid register. The mouth never disappoint: the attack is fresh and frank, then the wine rounds around fruity flavors (mirabelle plums and lemon), to achieve a nice balance.

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