Saint-Véran "Les Crais" 2011, Domaine Cordier Père & Fils
The lay of the land in Saint-Véran and Pouilly-Fuissé is very attractive. The hills are twice as high as those of the Côte d'Or, steeper too, providing wonderful views as far as Mont Blanc if you are an early riser. The vignerons say that if you can see the snowy peaks of the Alps then bad weather is in store. Domaine Cordier is a recognized high quality producer in the region and this Saint-Véran is an enjoyable if not spectacular wine. Typical aromas of globe courgette, melon and apple. That pleasing combination of ripeness and freshness on the palate, there is weight on this wine of the Maconnais. Apple and ginger flavours. Has personality though not much style. Scores 19-22/30 for a Satin-Véran. Likely to be more interesting in late 2014. I am unsure about the price difference but this is definitely a poor cousin of the Clos du Four 2011 from Lafon. Photo shows ecological protesters in a Saint-Véran vineyard.