Tasting notes: Domaine Nicolas Delfaud, Mâcon-Verzé Rouge 2018
A classic Mâconnais Gamay with poise and typicity. Light, delicate garnet colour with earthy and strawberry fruit on the nose. Mouth watering acidity balances the moderate tannins and elegant red fruit.
Food Pairing: Domaine Nicolas Delfaud, Mâcon-Verzé Rouge 2018
Driven by his passion for wine and a by a dream he had harboured for 15 years, Nicolas Delfaud gave up his job as a sommelier in Paris and plunged headlong into winemaking in 2009, aged 32. In 2015, he took on 4 hectares of vineyards overlooking the village of Verzé in the Mâconnais. Although he currently rents these vines he is working towards buying them outright, and he has converted the barn of his property in Sologny into his winery.
Oriented eastwards, his Gamay and Chardonnay plots lie between 350 and 410 metres above sea level and grow on marl-limestone soils. In 2018, Nicolas enlarged his estate when he purchased a few ares (1 are = 0.01 hectare or 100 square metres) of vines in Saint-Véran.
The Gamay vines for this Mâcon-Verzé Rouge were planted in 1977, in clay-limestone soils with some marl. The domaine is in conversion to organic farming and also uses some biodynamic practices. Grapes were hand harvested, and after 15 days of carbonic maceration the wine was fermented with
natural yeasts before being left on its lees in a combination of vats and old oak casks for 8-12 months.
This new estate’s conversion to organic farming was launched in its first vintage in 2016, with the aim of obtaining the AB (ECOCERT) certification for the 2019 vintage. To achieve the best expression of his terroir, Nicolas Delfaud carefully works his soils and prunes his vines to help to control their yield and the ripening of their grapes.