Pierre Janny Saint-Véran Merloix 2020
Auberon Waugh wrote in The Spectator of Saint-Véran as great white burgundy on the cheap - we should all buy as much as we can. He was of course right. The Janny family's Saint-Véran was one of the very first wines sent to me in Scotland that I had spotted in the Guide Hachette when we were starting FromVineyardsDirect. When I tasted it I thought if we can offer wines of this quality, this will really work. Lovely, affordable white burgundy and the early harvested 2020 is already being hailed as a classic white burgundy vintage. One to drink, but also to keep.
The new 2020 vintage of this first-class, creamy and rich white Burgundy is lovely to drink lightly chilled as an aperitif or with pretty much any food.
-David Campbell, Founder of FromVineyardsDirect
How does the wine taste?
A delicate wine with flowery aromas and citrus nuances. Lively and fruity on the palate, it is the perfect accompaniment for seafood and much else.
What do the critics say?
"By sheer coincidence, I had splashed out on a bottle of 1er Cru Chassagne-Montrachet the evening before tasting this wine from further south in Burgundy. I could have bought nine of these for the price paid, and whilst I am in no way claiming this is of Chassagne 1er Cru standards, I have to say there were genuine similarities and the wines were not as far apart as those prices would suggest. Balanced, elegant, typical Saint-Véran, the touches of oatmeal and crushed almond over pristine white fruits move on to a gently honeyed palate, the racy acidity sharpening the finish after some sweet and luscious mid-palate fruit. A touch of stony minerality also adds to the subtle complexity." (previous review)
Tom Cannavan, WINE-PAGES.COM