Domaine des Terres de Chatenay, Mâconnais


A Mixed Case consists of 4 bottles of each of the four wines –

Cuvée Béracius, Mâcon Villages 2019      £10.50
Vieilles Vignes, Mâcon-Péronne 2019      £10.95
Quintaine, Viré-Clessé 2019                      £12.50

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Jean-Claude Janin acquired this tiny 9-hectare vineyard in 2006 from his wife Marie-Odile’s family. Prior to this he had worked for 16 years as the technical director and winemaker for the co-operative, the Cave de Viré.  He was amazingly fortunate that the vineyard is located on some of the best slopes of this northern part of the Mâcon appellation with some of the oldest vines.

They constructed a small but immaculate winery, where they make tiny quantities of handcrafted wines that are snapped up by private customers and Swiss and American wine importers.


In his quest for innovation Jean-Claude now makes a small selection of wine from 70-year old vines in best vintages, which is aged in clay amphora. The principle is that these encourage subtle oxygenation and result in greater complexity of flavour.  We have tasted it and it was a revelation! There’s not enough for us to buy, but we’re hopeful that we can get an allocation in the future!

After the enormous success of our shipments of their 2015s and then the 2016s, we have been blown away by the even better 2019s!  Above all they are focussed on the fruit and the minerality of the terroir, in a way that is normally only evident in the wines of the Côte d’Or, such as Puligny Montrachet.


The 2019 vintage :
this a ripe vintage with steely balancing acidity and good concentration.  They are drinking beautifully at this stage, but they will gain in complexity over the next five years.

Hand-crafted wines of this quality, made from vines of this venerable age and from such a wonderful terroir are incredibly hard to find.  They represent truly outstanding value for money!

We have chosen two delightful Mâcon village wines and one wine from the exciting new appellation of Viré-Clessé, which produces wines of the same quality as their prestigious neighbour, Pouilly-Fuissé.



A Mixed Case consists of 4 bottles of each of the following three wines –

Domaine des Terres de Chatenay, Cuvée Béracius 2019
AOP Mâcon Villages
Amazingly the vines of this cuve are on average 60 years old. The vinification is is stainless steel, and there is no oak ageing. This wine is all about preserving the pure fruit flavours.
Pale green/lemon in colour, this has a fresh zingy nose of white flowers. In the mouth it is crisp appley fruit, with wonderful purity.   It finishes with a hint of lemon zest, racy mineral acidity and great length.

Domaine des Terres de Chatenay, Vieilles Vignes 2019
AOP Mâcon-Péronne
The vines have an average age of 70 years and come from the steep slopes of a limestone plot, which is covered with the fossilised remains of shellfish from the Jurassic period. Jean-Claude vinified 80% of the wine in stainless steel cuves and the remaining 20% in old oak barrels.
There is a fabulous nose of white flowers, quince and honey. On the palate it is rich and more concentrated with exotic flavours of spiced apples, cinnamon and good acidity.

Domaine des Terres de Chatenay, Quintaine 2019
AOP Viré-Clessé
Made from another old vine plot – an average age of 80 years. In this case 10% of the wine is aged in oak barrels.
This has a gorgeous welcoming nose that shouts quality white Burgundy.  It leads into a more complex buttery wine, with wonderful balance from a steely acidity that underpins whole. There is a long mineral finish.
This combines some of the flavour profile of a Pouilly-Fuissé with some of the complexity of a mini-Puligny Montrachet. Comparable Viré-Clessés of this quality retail around £19 a bottle…