Henri Perrusset's vineyards and home are located in the small town of Farges-les-Macon, on the northernmost spur of the limestone subsoil that characterizes the Macon appellation. Farges is not far away from the village named (believe it or not) "Chardonnay." The limestone in Farges is more marly than the compact limestone farther south in Pouilly-Fuisse. It is hard and intensely white, but breaks apart into small pieces and is loaded with quartz and marine fossils as well. This type of soil is easier to work with despite all the stones, provides great drainage for the vines, and gives the wines their grainy minerality. The Macon Farges bottling comes uniquely from a parcel of old vines, while Macon-Villages is a custom blend of all of Henri's other holdings around Farges. These are Chardonnays with the ripeness and intensity level of a Pouilly-Fuisse or even a Saint-Aubin, with the particular gout de terroir of Henri's corner of Macon. This Macon Farges Vieilles Vignes wine combines richness, precision, and complexity.
Chardonnay blend. Perfect as an aperitif or with so many first courses. It's the best way to start any evening.