The Grand Cru of Vin Jaune:
2011 & 2012 Macle Château-Chalon

Posted by Joe Salamone

Château-Chalon is one of the great and utterly fascinating wines of the world.

Macle is the long-standing benchmark of the appellation. Sadly, Macle's reputation in Europe makes finding the wines in the U.S. extremely difficult. For quite some time, Crush has been one of the few places in the country where you can find the wines.

Their labels have Vin de Garde prominently written, and nothing could be truer. These are immortal wines.

Today, we're happy to offer Macle's two recent Château-Chalon releases, 2011 and 2012.

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.

The 2011 is amazingly complete delivering verve, concentration, and a deep complexity. It has plenty of snap and ridiculous complexity that is delivered with remarkable clarity. Macle's 2012 Château-Chalon emphasizes the ripe citrus elements upfront but soon gives way to a dizzying wash of minerals, spice, earth, and other savory notes. It's all really glorious.

Both the 2011 and 2012 are testimonies to the profundity of Macle's Château-Chalon. We do have to warn you that quantities are extremely limited. Please give us your maximum order, and we'll allocate accordingly.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2011 & 2012 Macle Château-Chalon

2011 Château-Chalon

Special Bottle Price: $124.95

2012 Château-Chalon

Special Bottle Price: $124.95

Special 4-Pack Price (2 of each): $459.80 ($114.95/btl)