Manciat

Domaine Jean Manciat

Thank you to importer Louis/Dressner for this profile of Manciat:

We know the Mâconnais well. Denyse Louis’ family comes from this area, has vineyards with the coop in Lugny, and we own a home there. We knew the coop and négociant wines that dominate the Mâconnais and the American marketplace, but it was a 1986 Mâcon from a small artisan estate that was the revelation and the start to our search for comparable wines from other regions. We take special pride in our selections from the Mâconnais, our local wines.

Some of the coops produce millions and millions of bottles. Jean Manciat’s vineyards can be toured on foot in a few minutes (5.5 hectares). When Manciat took over his family estate, he immediately left the coop in Charnay. He replanted extensively but kept as many of the old vines as possible. The yields average less than 50 hectoliters/hectare (the coops routinely harvest twice as much) and the picking is done by hand (a tradition totally lost around here except at the best Mâcon estates).

Manciat prunes his Chardonnay vines in the Côte d’Or fashion (taille Guyot), leaving a shorter cane that is less productive. The Mâconnais style of pruning is to bend a long cane into an arc, but Manciat finds the quality much higher with a shorter cane. Manciat is also experimenting with various agricultural techniques, such as sowing particular varieties of grass between rows, to eliminate the use of herbicides and alleviate soil erosion. He uses a type of old rootstock which he finds ideally suited to the chalky soil of the Mâconnais and replants with a mix of clones and grafts taken from old vines in the Pouilly-Fuissé area.

Manciat has a passion for wines fermented and aged in oak barrels, and uses a fair amount of new wood for his Vieilles Vignes cuvée and his miniscule production of Saint-Véran. But the Mâcon-Charnay Franclieu featured here is made in stainless-steel vats, to express the fruity, floral aromas and flinty minerality that characterize the best Chardonnay in the region.

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB1012-17
Sustainable
Mâcon-Charnay
2017
Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay. From hand-harvested estate vines on clay-limestone soils. Natural-yeast-fermented--like all of Manciat's wines--and in... Read More
France Burgundy

DB8930-17
Sustainable
Mâcon-Charnay Franclieu
2017
Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay from Manciat's oldest vines, which average 30 years and are planted on a slope of clay-limestone soils. Jean considers this... Read More
France Burgundy

DB1145-16
Sustainable
St. Véran
2016
Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay from two plots of vines which are both mid-slope plantings on sandy limestone soils. The parcels total only half a hectare... Read More
France Burgundy

DB1012-16
Sustainable
Mâcon-Charnay
2016
Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay. From hand-harvested estate vines on clay-limestone soils. Natural-yeast-fermented--like all of Manciat's wines--and in... Read More
France Burgundy

DB8930-16
Sustainable
Mâcon-Charnay Franclieu
2016
Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay from Manciat's oldest vines, which average 30 years and are planted on a slope of clay-limestone soils. Jean considers this... Read More
France Burgundy

DB1145-15
Sustainable
St. Véran
2015
Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay from two plots of vines which are both mid-slope plantings on sandy limestone soils. The parcels total only half a hectare... Read More
France Burgundy

DB1144-16
Sustainable
Mâcon-Charnay Les Crays
2016
Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay from a west-facing parcel of younger vines (10-20 years old) planted on argilo-calcaire soils particulary rich in... Read More
France Burgundy