The Grand Cru of Vin Jaune: 2008 Macle Chateau Chalon

Posted by Joe Salamone

For us, Macle's Château-Chalons are some of the best and most moving wines out there.

Without a doubt the 2008 will go down as one of the top examples. It's an amazingly complete vintage delivering verve, concentration and a deep complexity.

Château Chalon is the Grand Cru of Vin Jaune. It's here that Vin Jaune reaches the pinnacle of refinement and ageworthiness. Curnonsky, a famous 20th Century Parisian gourmet known as the "Prince of Gastronomes," included the wines of Château Chalon among "the five great white wines of France," along with Montrachet and Yquem.

Macle's Château Chalon boasts a ridiculous amount of complexity. In The New France, Andrew Jefford comments that Macle’s wines, "...seem to rifle through a repertoire of the natural world as you sniff and sip." That gives you a good sense of what you're dealing with. In the 2008, Macle's Château Chalon's ridiculous complexity is delivered with remarkable clarity.

The Macles print "Vin de Garde" (wine for keeping), in the center of the label. And, for sure, Macle's can age 30, 40 and 50 years without any difficulty. A tasting of 78, 79, 81 and 82 a few years ago only confirmed the breed and importance of these wines.

This is the most exciting of Macle's Vin Jaune that we've seen in some time. We do have to warn you that quantities are extremely limited. Please give us your maximum order, and we'll allocate accordingly. To order, please email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
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