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Céline & Laurent Tripoz Macon  Loché 2004, A.C. Macon Loché. **HERITAGE WINE**

Colour: very light yellow with green tinge.
Nose: expressive, deliciously fresh, with complex white fruit (pineapple) and minerals, a touch of honey, creamy butter, some flowers and asparagus, clean and with some depth and richness, very good balance.
Taste: rich and round, quite intense and concentrated, obvious alcohol, but also fresh, with a good acidity hidden in the rich and round structure, some herbs, white fruit, minerals, an attractive subtle bitterness, good balance.
Finish: medium long, rich and round, with some bitterness, some alcohol, nice acidity, a touch of sweetness, some fruit and minerals.

* A white Burgundy with a very pure, clean and balanced character, beautiful richness matched by good freshness combined with lovely and complex white fruit, minerals and a touch of butter. This is Chardonnay expressing it's terroir perfectly and does not need any wood to shine, a completely natural wine, produced in a biodynamical way.

- This wine is drinking very well at the moment, but I think it will perform very good during the next one or may be two years. Character will gradually change from the uplifting freshness to a more mature earthy and nutty style, keeping its richness all the way long. Drink it before 2009.

- This Macon Loch wine comes from vineyards bordering those of  Pouilly Loch, not far from the famous Pouilly Fuissé. It has seen no wood and has remained fresh and untainted, it does not have the depth and stature to benefit from oak.  The creamy richness comes not only from the combination of the soil and the Chardonnay grapes but also from the "malo" a secondary fermentation in which the "green" malic acid is transformed by bacteria into the softer, more mellow lactic acid, thus giving a subtle touch of butter / buttermilk to the wine as well as more richness and roundness.
This young and very dedicated producer has switched in 2001 from the regular viticulture to the biodynamical way of working. Only in 2006 the wines may be officially be labelled as Biodynamic. But what's in the name, the wine is very good and deserves much more attention. The wines the Tripoz's produced before 2001 were much more Chablis like, more mineral, less rich, less earthy and may be also even a bit more cristaline-pure. With the use of the grape's and vineyard's own yeast the wines have gained weight and substance, they are more Burgundian than before the switch. Yields per ha. have always been quite modest here, they are enabling the Tripoz's a good concentration in their wines. I have also the feeling the wines follow the character of the vintage much more closely than before 2001.
This is one of the producers France and certainly the world have to cherish: they work hard, aim for quality and do this in a very responsible way, aiming for a better and more healthy world for the generations to come.

- lotnr.: L 05.09.02

- tasted: 12-06-’06 (still delicious after nearly 2 weeks in open bottle)

- estimated retail price ca. 10,00 euro

- average production capacity: ca. 40.000 bottles

- Céline & Laurent Tripoz, Place de la Mairie, 71000 Loché Macon, tel.: + 33-385 35 66 09 / fax.: + 33-385 35 64 23 / e-mail: , web site: