2012 Manoir du Capucin, Macon Solutre-Pouilly “Delice” White Burgundy, France.
The wines of Chloe Bayon are a must try, these Macon and Pouilly area wines are shinning examples of what great terroir and talent hides in this remote part of Burgundy, her estate Manoir du Capucin label is one to really search out, and her 2012 wines are majestic. Fresh out of oenology school, Ms Bayon took over her family Manor and vineyards in 2002 and in the following ten vintages has cemented her name in the “who’s got talent” list in Burgundy, and having tried a few vintages now, I find her wines compelling and gorgeous, this is serious stuff, she has revived this estate and Clos, that was originally purchased by her direct relatives in the 12th century, and her Chardonnays have made her a star, she in fact is now the president of the Pouilly-Fuisse union of winegrowers and winemakers. Chole’s 2011 got my attention, they are stunning, but from what I tasted recently, her 2012’s are her best yet and I highly recommend grabbing them up, especially charm are her Pouilly-Fuisse a world class white that rivals many a fine Chassagne or Puligny, and this super value priced Macon Solutre-Pouilly that is irresistible and dynamic which has the mineral and brisk drive of a Premier Cru Chablis and the exotic nature and ultra fine detail of a Cote de Beaune, though given to give a better impression, these mental images are not to take away from the unique quality and character found in the Macon, this is a very old and distinct terroir that is rediscovering it’s history and sense of place, and Bayon’s wines show this rebirth of greatness to perfection. The 2012 Manoir du Capucin Macon Solutre-Pouilly shows white flowers, wet river stones, orange blossoms, lime and yellow peach notes to start, leading to a steely palate of energy filled apple, pear, lemon and clove along with a hint of tropical essences, hazelnuts, chalky/stones, anise and fresh fig. These is super classy texture and balance, this wine is light to medium weight in feel, but offers wonderful layers and details that truly leave you wondering how you can have all this in a $20 bottle of Chardonnay, and if you think this is good you need to check out her next level wines too!
($20 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive
avail at www.sfwtc.com ($18.95)