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St. Veran, located in the Macconais, is an absolute sea of value in the world of white Burgundy. Created in 1971 it lies both in the Maconnais and in the Beaujolais. For white wines the principal grape is the eponymous Chardonnay and there is no red wine made here. In order to be legally called St. Veran the wine can come from the following 7 villages; Davaye, Prisse which are north of Pouilly Fuisse and Chanes, Leynes, St. Amour, St. Verand and Chasselas to the south of Pouilly-Fuisse. The soil is mostly limestone which, with Chardonnay being the main grape, is a perfect marriage. There are 654 hectares in this appellation which is really not that large but, as a result, there are a number of exceptional producers. The wines can get fat in ripe vintages but in general have lovely pure apple fruit with a backbone of elegant minerality. There is a stark difference in the St. Verans being made to the north and south of Pouilly-Fuisse. The ones in southern St. Veran tend to have red, acidic and sandy soils and tend to deliver leaner and simpler wines than the northern ones which are predominantly limestone and make the wines more luscious. 

Notable Recent Vintages for St. Veran: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2002, 2001

Top producers of St. Veran include:
  • Roger Lassarat
  • Daniel Barraud
  • Olivier Merlin
  • Roger Luquet
  • Roger Cordier
  • Domaine la Soufrandiere/Bret Brothers
  • Domaine/Maison Jean Rijckaert
  • Litaud
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