For over three decades Boutinot has been based in the Mâconnais in southern Burgundy; relying upon Samantha Bailey to craft and blend wines which honestly express the tapestry of the local terroir. With a ‘back of the hand’ knowledge of the effect of each slope and soil type on a wine, they dared to imagine owning an estate, yet such opportunities are rare in Burgundy as domaines pass from one generation to the next.Finally, they bought two key plots in the best climats of Saint-Véran, together with a gravity fed winery (in need of renovation) and a 300 year old house made of the local honey stone.A place they call GENETIE, in honour of the mysterious name found etched into the stone of a listed pillar within the building.
Genetie Macon Charnay Les Macon ‘Les Piliers’ 2018
Winemaker Samantha tastes each individual tank (up to 20) to select a very personalised blend for GENETIE ‘Les Piliers’, combining three essential elements – the florals, the exotic and the mineral. The final blend is kept on fine lees until bottling, combining the warmth of southern Burgundy with the elegance and finesse of the special terroir of Mâcon-Charnay-lès-Mâcon.
Immediately appealing with good depth of flavour and underlying finesse that provides wonderful length and unfolding flavours – think of freshly cut hay and meadowsweet for the nose, crunchy greengages for the palate, and some candied peel / lemongrass for the final notes.