Henri Perrusset Macon-Villages 2012
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 appellation of Macon. Lovely honeysuckle-infused fruit with delicate lemon zest and white peaches. Good acidity helps provide lift and definition.
A few decades ago, in a small, local vigneron hangout in the Beaujolais, Kermit and Henri Perrusset met rather serendipitously. There weren’t enough tables in the restaurant and the hostess seated Kermit with Henri, who was just finishing up his meal. Their conversation blossomed, and Henri invited Kermit to visit and taste his first vintage. We have been buying these delicious, distinctive Chardonnays ever since. For decades, the Mâconnais has been dominated by the banal bottlings of cooperative cellars; not the sort of quality that leads novices to explore the wines of the region.