White Burgundy: Caves de PSV

We sell the Saint-Véran and Pouilly-Fuissé from the Caves de PSV, who have since changed their name to ‘les Vignerons des Terres Secrètes. We have kept the labels that our customers are familiar with. The PSV in the name represented the main villages of the Mâconnais appellation: Pouilly, Sologny and Verzé. This winery has 120 members who watch over and maintain their vineyards with regard to the ‘reasonable struggle’, the French term for conciencious farming: limited intervention in vineyard and winery, sustainability, no chemical fertilizer: only compost. As well, the vineyard owners must meet all the high standards of the winery to get paid the full price for their grapes. If not, they are paid for ‘vin de France’ quality grapes and their grapes are relegated to regional wines. The winery is always in the top 10 list of French wine cooperatives, and often in the top 5 with their partners Caves de Bailly, la Chablisienne, and la Buxynoise. Many are second, third or fourth generation vineyard owners. They are individually and collectively attached to their ‘terroir’ and locality, they are proud of their local Maconnais roots and their neighbor vignerons.

The pavilion on the label of the Saint-Véran we offer from PSV, is the ‘pavillon de la Solitude’, haven for the locally-born Alphonse de Lamartine, where he wrote much of his literature and poems. Lamartine was also in politics and was one of the major forces behind the Second Republic, so much so that he was the one to announce the formation of the Republic to the crowds waiting in Paris outside the Hôtel de Ville (seat of the Parisian government). This pavilion in the Saint Véran vineyards of the Vignerons of Terre Secrètes.

  • Saint Veran Chardonnay

    The grapes are grown in soil with a granite base and some limestone, on the rolling hills of the left bank of the river Saône. Chardonnay accounts for 60% of the grapes in the Mâconnais region. This wine has a rich nose and palate with aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple and baked apple. It is round on the palate with nice fat fruit, soft finish and very elegant for the price. There are also vanilla notes intermingled into the lingering finish. Try with charcuterie, fish or roasted chicken.

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    • Pouilly-Fuisse

      Pouilly Fuissé has been popular in the United States for decades. The Mâconnais region of France lies between Beaujolais to the south and the Côte Chalonnaise and Burgundy proper to the north. They grow only Chardonnay in the communes surrounding the town of Fuissé (Aligoté is planted in outlying areas). The wines are similar in style to their Burgundy neighbors to the north, producing a classic Chardonnay with vitality, finesse, and distinction. The wines are not typically as complex as a Beaune or Puligny, but what they lack in overall complexity they compensate with rich fruit flavors, a fairly rich consistency, and beautiful balance. Although the wines are good the year after the vintage, they are at their best 1-5 years later.

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