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 Producer Profiles :  Burgundy : Saumaize-Michelin


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Although Saumaize-Michelin is not widely recognized in the United States, top French publications such as Bourgogne Aujord’hui and Bettane & Desseauve’s Vins de France have been touting the wines for years. Roger Saumaize owns some of the best vineyards in Vergisson, the area in Pouilly that produces the wines with the best acidity and most length. Thanks to those vineyards and Roger’s excellent vineyard management and winemaking skills, his domaine is one of the very top producers in the Macon. Even though the wines frequently match the quality of many Premier Crus from the more renowned Cotes d’Or, they are quite reasonably priced and rank among of the greatest values in Burgundy.

As of 2005, all of the vineyards are farmed bio-dynamically.

Allen Meadows on Domaine Saumaize-Michelin:

“I have enormous respect for Roger Saumaize because his vineyard work is second to none…. While some in Burgundy talk the talk, Saumaize is the real deal when it comes to an intimate understanding of each and every parcel. What is important though is that the quality of the wines reflect the high quality vineyard work and as the scores attest, these are some of the very best wines made today in the Mâcon and what is equally impressive, is that the quality of the wines is consistent from the bottom to the top of the range” (Burghound, Oct 2003).

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