Domaine Chene Macon Milly Lamartine 2014
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Domaine Chene Macon Milly Lamartine 2014 Chardonnay
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13.00%
SPECIAL DESIGNATION: Value Buy
I met with Cedric Chene this winter in Burgundy to sample his new releases. These wines continue to be quite solid and a screaming value proposition given the high quality. Cedric is a third generation winemaker that has taken this winery to great new heights. The 2014 Milly Lamartine Chardonnay from southern Burgundy is particularly well made and enjoyable both young and over the next several years. Their neighbor, and one of my favorite producers Lafon sells their Chardonnay for a significantly higher price tag. After 4 tiny vintages in Burgundy, the stunning '14 vintage is finally a regular size crop as this vineyard avoided the hail storm that affected many in the region. However, since there has been a shortage of wine over a prolonged period of time from this esteemed vineyard this wine will be in high demand. Burgundy prices are still in hyper drive with prices expected to perhaps even go higher over the next several years since demand still far outlasts supply. This is one of the ultimate value buys from a very solid producer and has a really nice taste profile that truly expresses the unique terroir. This is a more complex wine than the previous vintage. A pale yellow gold hue. This wine has an exhilarating taste profile. The minerality component is superb and refreshing with generous citrus fruit. It is primarily fresh lemon and pear with lychee, white flowers and gentle spice. The hallmarks of this wine are the pleasant mouth feel and a vibrant, clean finish. For Chardonnay lovers that love the essence of Burgundy and don’t like oaky wines, this is the perfect aperitif or accompaniment with raw seafood, white fish or goat cheese.
From the Winery
Our estate is located in the heart of Macon, between Mâcon and Cluny, in the town of Berzé the City, the Roche limit Vineuse Milly Lamartine in southern Burgundy. Our winery since 1973, and has continued to grow year after year. In 1999, we created a GAEC Father and Son, to develop and commercialize our products in cellar. The estate is currently an area of 30 hectares with an annual production of about 2000 hectoliters. To do so, a winery was built with modern and efficient equipment. Modernism of the facility associated with traditional know-how ensures optimum safety and allows us to continue producing wines of quality:
-Our vines are derived directly from our nursery,
-Our vineyard is planted on clay-limestone soil stony very good exposure,
-we practice sustainable farming (plowing, weeding non residual reduction treatments ...)
-The grapes are harvested at maximum stage of maturity.
Our products are from different grape varieties of Burgundy (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Aligoté) which allows us to diversify our range.
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.