“The time is ripe…to think again,” says William Kelley of his recent trip to the rolling hills of the Côte Chalonnaise, once a prosperous region that had a hard time recovering from pylloxera devastation and two World Wars. In his latest report, Kelley notes the number of “serious” producers in the area: “Their approaches differ but typically involve replanting with superior vine selections, working the soils, minimizing herbicides and pesticides, harvesting by hand and vinification and élevage along artisanal lines.”
Kelley says that the time is now for consumers to open their minds to the wines of the Côte Chalonnaise. (Bonus: prices here “remain modest and stable.”)
Here, the six top-rated wines from the region, all rated 93 points and higher.
“On the palate, it's full-bodied, deep and layered, with amazing concentration and purity, combining textural gloss and a strikingly mineral character in a way that makes it stand out even in this superb portfolio.”