This is a Macon appellation, a neighbour of the renowned Pouilly Fuissé. It is harvested in several villages from Prissé and Davayé lying to the north of the Rock of Solutré to Leynes, Chasselas, Chânes, part of Solutré-Pouilly and (of course) Saint-Vérand itself all lying to the south. The soils, ideally suited to the Chardonnay, produce only white wines.
Chardonnay is the grape variety for white Saint-Véran.
- 8,000 plants/hectare
- Pruning: Mâconnais "queue"
- Harvested by hand
- Yield: 55 hl/hectare
The Saint-Véran appellation occupy slopes forming part of the chain of hills to which the Rock of Solutré belongs. This rocky backbone is made of fossiliferous limestone of the Middle Jurassic. On the western side are older (lias) rocks covered with grey marls on which the vineyards of Chasselas and Leynes occupy south and west-facing sites. The gentle eastern slopes are composed of marly limestones on which are found the east-facing vineyards of Prissé and Davayé. At Chânes and Prissé, on the left bank of the little river Grosne, the vines grow on fossiliferous limestones, often overlain by a layer of clay-with-flints with « chailles ».
After manual harvesting, the grapes are moderately pressed.
The juice is left to settle, and then temperature-controlled fermentation begins in stainless steel tanks.
During the maturing, the wine is racked to aerate it and to get rid of the deposit.
Drink with oily fish, poached or simply fried, seafood, risottos containing sea-food or mushrooms and goat cheeses, French Comté and Beaufort cheeses.
This wine can be consumed now or laid down in a cellar for the next 3 to 8 years.