At the southern tip of the Burgundy region, Dominique Cornin's estate encompasses 10 hectares scattered around the small village of Chaintre. Brothers Dominique and Romain Cornin together work the land that was tended by their father and grandfather, assisted by stout draft horse, Coccinelle (French for "ladybug").
This deep, hereditary connection to their land prompted them to first experiment with organic viticulture in 1998, by eliminating all synthetic herbicides. Now the rows between vines are left grassy and hoed by mechanical tools. In 2003, the brothers decided to take things a step further, applying biodynamic principles to one hectare of their holdings. Now, they've extended these efforts to their entire domaine. The commitment to natural winemaking extends into the cellar, where the Cornins ferment using natural yeasts then bottle their wine on site.
This 2007 Macon-Chaintre is a terrific expression of their efforts. The Chardonnay grapes are taken from multiple plots at the foothills of the Chaintre, all of them distinguished by their clay-limestone soil. Vines range from 15 to 40 years old.
Light gold in color, this wine shows notes of fresh orchard fruits on the nose, along with subtle minerality. On the palate, expect firm acidity, alongside hints of pear and apple. The finish is gentle, sweet, and lingering.
This balanced, elegant white Burgundy will pair well with any medium-weight dish. Rich fish and citrus or herb-inflected chicken recipes are both excellent matches.
Tasting Notes from the WineAccess Travel Log
Yellow gold color with lightening edges. Aromas of apple, peach and slight tangerine. Soft and delicate on the palate with
a refreshingly good balance. A touch of creaminess in the mouth along side green apple flavors. Clean and clinging on the
finish. Drink over the next 3-4 years.