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Marcel Couturier Macon-Loche, Burgundy

Product Code:112003
Type:White Wine


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Marcel Couturier “Les Longues” Terres Macon-Loche, Burgundy, France, 2016

Varietal Composition: Chardonnay

Tasting Notes:  Aromas of ripe citrus, yellow apples and tropical fruit lead to a creamy palate with ripe apples, lemon curd, hints of tropical fruit and hazelnut. 

Perfect Pairings: Crab Cakes, Crab Stuffed Flounder w/Brown Butter Drizzle, Lobster & Roast Chicken

About Marcel Couturier

Marcel Couturier comes from a long line of vignerons in the southern Mâconnais, where he is just one of four producers estate bottling in Mâcon-Loché. Working his family’s old chardonnay vines, he began estate-bottling in 2005 and has quickly made a name for himself throughout France. Marcel likes to take his time, working intuitively, with respect for each terroir and resulting wine. Descending from many generations of farmers in the Mâconnais, he is patient in the vineyard and the cellar, allowing time for each wine to reveal itself. Marcel stands out as a traditionalist with his old vines and high standards in an area that is quickly defining itself as a source of top-notch white Burgundy. 

Marcel farms 11 hectares of chardonnay vineyards total in multiple different appellations: Pouilly-Fuissé, Pouilly-Loché, Saint-Véran, Mâcon-Loché, Mâcon-Vinzelles, and Mâcon Blanc. Most of his vines are quite old with many parcels exceeding 70 years of age and his “young” vines averaging 30 years in age.

His farming is meticulous, employing only certified-organic and biodynamic (pending biodynamic certification in 2021) methods; he plows the soil to curtail weeds and believes the hard, poor clay soils greatly benefit from the aeration and the introduction of native organic materials. His farming style could be described as regenerative, in that he has taken great care to improve the soil in each of the vineyards he farms. Being a traditional farmer, Marcel lets his chickens, geese, and guinea fowl roam the vineyards for natural pest control and to add valuable nitrogen to the poor Burgundian soils. As the summers become warmer, Marcel keeps pushing his harvest dates earlier to maintain freshness and liveliness in the wine.

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