Château Chalon is the Grand Cru of Vin Jaune.
It's here that Vin Jaune reaches the pinnacle of refinement and age-worthiness. 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.
For us, Macle's Château-Chalons are some of the best and most moving wines out there.
The Macles print "Vin de Garde" (wine for keeping), in the center of the label. There's no doubt that the true virtues of these extraordinary wines are revealed over decades of aging. For the first time ever, we're able to offer a Macle Château-Chalon that's beginning to show the depth and breeding that age brings to the wines.
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." There's a mind-twisting spectrum of marmalade, burnt orange, lemon pith, plums, mushrooms, celery, pine needles, moss, walnut, baking spices, and pure rocky minerality. That gives you a good sense of what you're dealing with.
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Crush Wine & Spirits
1993 Macle Chateau Chalon
Special Bottle Price: $249.95
Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate: "I had a beautiful bottle of the 1993 Château Chalon that I thought encapsulated the essence of the Macle style and the Château Chalon vineyards. The wine had a fully developed nose that was hitting on all cylinders right from the start, yet it felt young and lively. The nose was pure curry and green walnuts, with notes of iodine and a diesel-like twist. The palate had pungent flavors and was super precise, like laser cut, detailed and clean, with a great core of acidity. This is a candidate for an eternal wine. It was impossible to guess the wine was over 25 years old and shows how these are true Vin de Garde, as the label read. Funnily enough, when I tasted with Laurent Macle, he told me 1993 wasn't a great vintage... But don't great domaines make great wines in difficult years?"