Damien Martin’s Wines from the Mâconnais

Robert Martin founded this domaine in 1982 in the village of Davaye. His son Damien joined in 2010, allowing them to expand their holdings to 20 ha of vines in the heart of the Mâconnais. They have Chardonnay vineyards in Verzé and St. Véran in addition to those in the commune of Davaye. Damien now manages the viticulture and winemaking at the domaine.  His wines show that Mâcon offers wines of character as well as excellent value.

US Importer: Handpicked Selections

The Wines

Damien Martin 2018 Chardonnay Bourgogne 91  Medium gold tinged straw. This Chablis like Chardonnay shows an appealing nose of lemon cream and cling peach with notes of acacia, beeswax, and minerals.  The palate is refined for a simple Bourgogne with good balance and depth finishing with lingering stony minerals and lemon extract.  Made from estate fruit grown lutte raisonée and 90% fermented and aged in stainless steel and 10% fermented and matured in French oak barrels. Excellent value from a very good Mâconnais vintage.

Damien Martin 2017 Mâcon-Verzé 90 Showing orchard fruit aromas and flavors complemented by chalky minerals and hints of fresh thyme and fennel, the Mâcon-Verzé is beautifully textured with a silky mouth feel and a focused palate that persists on the finish. Made from estate fruit grown lutte raisonée and 90% fermented and aged in stainless steel and 10% fermented and matured in French oak barrels. Sourced from Verzé vineyards planted on chalky, limestone and marl soils.

Damien Martin 2017 Mâcon Village 90+ Showing incisive aromas of wet river stones with hints of citrus and tropical fruit, the stony character of this Chardonnay persists up front on a focused, linear palate. This wine finishes the way it begins—with lovely citrus-accented minerals. A very enjoyable wine by itself or with food.

Damien Martin 2018 Saint-Véran 90 A flinty, mineral and floral nose introduces this delicious Saint-Véran, followed by a bright and crisp attack.  The palate shows upfront fruit notes of lemon and green apple, but the dominant character of this wine is minerals and bright acidity from the first sip to the fresh, chalky and lemon zest finish. A blend of several parcels, each vinified separately.  Great wine for seafood.

 

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