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Christopher Cordier WinemakerThis season, we get the views of the Winemaker at Domaine Cordier from the Maconnais region of Burgundy in France

Interview with Christophe Cordier

Q. How long has your family been producing wines in the Mâconnais?

A. My grandfather worked for a Domaine in 1930. My father started our family Domaine in 1968 with just five hectares. All the wine was sold to the Côte d’Or négociants to begin with. When I started in 1987 I decided to increase the level of quality and sell all the production in bottles. Now in 2010 we manage 25 hectares. My parents are retired but both still work at the Domaine.

Q. When did you start up the Christophe Cordier négociant business?

A. I started the négociant business in 2003, buying only the best quality grapes. I wanted to discover new terroirs in Fuissé and in other Mâconnais villages such as Milly-Lamartine and Viré – there is a real quality potential in the Mâconnais.

Pouilly Fuisse Road SignsQ. Will the Mâconnais ever be as famous for its wines as the Cote d’Or?

A. Prominent international journalists often compare the best Mâconnais wines to the top Côte d’Or whites. And blind tastings always produce some surprises. In a blind tasting in the Côte d’Or last year, with leading Côte d’Or and Mâconnais wines, the top 5 places were awarded to Mâconnais wines!

Q. If you could have a vineyard anywhere else in the world where would it be?

A. Tuscany. I love the fact that the vineyards are so well integrated into the surrounding landscape with the olive groves and the sea.

Christophe Cordier WinesQ. Can you recommend your favourite food matches with your wines?

A. I mostly like to drink my wines with cheese – mature Tomme de Savoie.

Q. Who’s your biggest inspiration in your life as a wine producer?

A. 10 years ago, I was lucky to taste at the Domaine de la Romanée Conti and was very impressed by the respect they have for their terroir, the precision of their work and the will of all the team. The cellar is not luxury, but the wine is a dream for every wine lover.

Mâcon-Milly-Lamartine ‘Clos du Four’ 2008/09, Christophe CordierMâcon-Milly-Lamartine ‘Clos du Four’ 2008/09, Christophe Cordier
£11.99 or £10.99 when you buy any 2 Cordier wines*

A fabulous array of citrus fruits flow through the palate coupled with a mineral complexity creating a wine with sheer elegance and length.

Mâcon-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes 2008/09, Christophe CordierMâcon-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes 2008/09, Christophe Cordier
£12.99 or £11.99 when you buy any 2 Cordier wines*

From plots more than 60 years old, this offers a fabulous alternative to more expensive Pouilly-Fuissé wines. A medley of ripe apples and zesty lemons create a wine of great depth and intensity.

Viré-Clessé Vieilles Vignes 2008/09, Christophe CordieViré-Clessé Vieilles Vignes 2008/09, Christophe Cordier
£12.99 or £11.99 when you buy any 2 Cordier wines*

Combining tropical stone fruit with nutty, toasty characters, the palate displays an excellent richness and concentration of ripe fruit supported with a refreshing citrus acidity on the finish.

Pouilly-Fuissé ‘Terroirs Rares’ 2008/09, Christophe CordierPouilly-Fuissé ‘Terroirs Rares’ 2008/09, Christophe Cordier
£18.99 or £17.99 when you buy any 2 Cordier wines*

Made from only the best terroirs of the village of Fuissé, this is a delight to drink, expressing light creamy textures among ripe apple and lemon fruits.

*All prices valid until 30th August 2010 unless otherwise stated

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