- Tasting Notes & Technical Details
Today, the domaine is in its fifth generation, run by Jean-Jacques and Gilles Corsin who own 13.6 hectares of Chardonnay.
The Mâcon-Villages is made from fruit grown on north-east facing slopes at an altitude of 200 – 280 metres above sea level in the villages of Davayé and Solutré. This unoaked Mâcon is bright gold with refreshing citrus fruit on the palate and a long finish. The Saint-Véran ‘Tirage Précoce’, which means ‘early racking’, is matured on its fine lees until bottling. It has distinct citrus aromatics and refreshing acidity. The Saint-Véran ‘Vieilles Vignes’ is made using fruit from vines which are on average 40 years old. It is fermented in stainless steel, with 35% of the wine then aged in oak barrels on fine lees for eight months, with occasional bâtonnage. It offers flavours of citrus and yellow peach complemented by a bright acidity that lifts the aromas on the finish. The Pouilly-Fuissé ‘Vieilles Vignes’ comes from vines which are 55 years old and located in Fuissé and Solutré, in the heart of the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. 40% of the wine is aged in oak barrels (20% new) on its fine lees with occasional bâtonnage. After the wine has matured for 10 months, it is blended and bottled at the end of the summer following the harvest. The Pouilly-Fuissé ‘Aux Chailloux’, is a single-parcel site was awarded Premier Cru status in 2020. Fermented 50% in oak and 50% in stainless steel, this wine has flavours of ripe yellow fruits, sweet pastries and hints of marzipan which linger on the finish.
The vineyards are situated around the village of Davayé with a north-easterly exposure. Alternating gentle and steep slopes provides the 25-year-old vines with optimal exposure and good sunlight, aiding the maturity of the grapes. Soils consist of clay and limestone.
2020 was a good vintage in the Mâconnais. A wet winter built up good water reserves in the soils and mild temperatures protected the vines from frost damage. Spring was moderate and sunny, and flowering occurred ahead of schedule. It wasn’t until summer that the high temperatures arrived, but thanks to the rainfall in winter, most plots were protected from hydric stress. There were some showers in August, balanced by long, sunny days that provided an even maturation. The harvest took place under perfect conditions; both yields and quality were excellent.
The Tirage Précoce Saint Veran, which means “early racking”, is unique to Domaine Corsin. The grapes are harvested by hand before being gently pressed, cold fermented and aged on the fine lees in stainless-steel tanks. The wine is unoaked and matured on fine lees until it is ready for bottling.
This vintage has a delicate bouquet of ripe stone fruit and pear aromas with a touch of stony minerality. The palate is full and complex with a balance between the fresh acidity, fruity flavours and the lasting minerality.