Corney & Barrow adds Macon-Villages to own-label range

Corney & Barrow has added a “benchmark” Macon-Villages wine to its own label range.

The wine is from Maison Auvigue, long-term suppliers of Corney & Barrow, based in the commune of Pouilly-Fuisse in the Maconnais region. It is classifed as Macon-Villages and it is blended from several small vineyards in the villages of Chaintre, Pouilly-Solutre and Milly-Lamartine.

There is no oak used in the process in order to “showcase Chardonnay’s natural orchard fruit appeal”, according to the producer. Maturation on the fine lees for several months adds mineral character, weight and texture. 

Associate director and buyer, Rebecca Palmer, said the wine is emblematic of the classic Auvigue style, with gently ripe orchard fruit and a light buttercream texture.

She said: “We have been working with the Auvigue family in the Maconnais for over 20 years, during which time the quality of their wines has gone from strength to strength. We love their house style, with its emphasis on freshness and approachability. Classic white Burgundy and budget-friendly.”

The wine, from the 2017 vintage, is priced £13.95 per bottle and is exclusive to Corney & Barrow.

Maison Auvigue is a family business, set up more than 70 years ago, just after the second World War, though the Auvigue family have been vignerons in the Macconnais for centuries.

The business, described as “an interesting hybrid” is now run by brothers Jean-Pierre and Michel Auvigue. They operate partly as a negociant and partly as a grower, owning a number of vineyards around the famous limestone rock of Solutre and in the Pouilly-Fuse appellation itself. 

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