Type >>> Sweet
Grapes >>> Chardonnay/ Savagnin
Alc. >>> 17.5%
Year >>> NV
Size >>> 750ml
Serving: Cold (6–11°C)
About: Oxidative desert wine with an inital concentrated, raisin like sweetness moving to treacle and nutty vibes on the finish, cutting the sweetness. Macvin is made by adding about a third grape marc to freshly pressed grape juice (which may have just started fermenting) The Macle family go a step further than normal by using their own marc, which is a blend of Savagnin and Chardonnay and aged for seven years – most marcs are commercially purchased three-year-old spirit.
Domaine Macle, in Château-Chalon, was first created by Jean Macle in 1966. The family, emanating from Italy, have farmed vines here since 1850. The domaine has been run by Jean's son Laurent and sister Christelle for the last 20 years.
The domaine is famed for it's vin jaune style wines, of which the release and sale is almost solely for loyal private customers. They only make white wines (other than some poulsard and pet-nat for family and staff) and have a very specific style due to Laurent's belief that terroir is not as important as cellar ageing. Luckily for them, the Macle domaine has a series of interconnected ancient 17th century cellars that are a mix of above-ground, semi-below ground and naturally ventilated underground. Pretty damn cool.