Domaine Stéphane Lucie Guillemin 2016 Mâcon-Péronne

The wine: Ripe, with very attractive and inviting aromas. Silky, some fat and richness but with excellent balance – it really holds the concentration well in the finish.

The domaine was created in 2003, while Stéphane was still working for the cave co-operative; he went full-time at his domaine in 2007. Lucie joined in 2009. Between them they do all the work of this 20 hectare domaine. Currently they commercialize about half in bottle and the rest in bulk. The domaine is a mix of fermage and owned vines. It’s 100% chardonnay here. Their exploitation includes the Château Péronne with its 9 hectares of vines en fermage. The rest of their almost 12 hectares are all ‘reasonably sized’ parcels says Stéphane, which reduces the potential amount of work.

They export nearly 30% of their production – mainly destined for the UK and the US, but their principal market is France. Stéphane started with just one cuvée – a Mâcon Villages – and slowly augmented his range from there. The old domaine Péronne had contracts will a big ‘Maisons’ in the Côte d’Or, so Stéphane still honors those…

There is also a crémant made with their own gyropaletts, and even some hand riddling – only the disgorgement is made by a contractor. As for the winemaking, Stéphane uses a mix of stainless-steel, enamel and concrete tanks plus barrel elevage for particular cuvées.

Stéphane describes his approach as raisonnée, though given the size of the domaine there are still some chemical treatments for weeding – but he does this only every other year at the moment, and plows in alternate years. The size of their team also mandates that he does all his harvesting mechanically too.