Perrachon Beaujolais Blanc Terre de Loyse
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Crisp, clean, spring blossoms. Spring in a glass.
Unexpected and delicious is how Laurent Perrachon describes this. Well, having tried all of the ex rugby player's red Beaujolais, in keeping with those, we fully expected his unoaked Chardonnay to be delicious, and it really is. They call it the grape variety 'Perle Blanche' - the white pearl - and the wine made from it is similarly dazzling, smooth, precious and arresting. Those Chardonnay makers further north in Burgundy could learn a thing or two from this Beaujolais maestro.
Records show that the Perrachon winemaking ancestry goes back to at least 1601. Laurent Perrachon gave up a career in rugby to pursue winemaking, but rather than jumping straight into the family business, he went to train in Bordeaux before travelling to England, South Africa and America to find out what others do in different places. Now he makes a comprehensive list of Crus via a combination of old school Burgundian methods and the more modern carbonic maceration. Unlike a lot of Beaujolais, his wines age incredibly well.