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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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St-Véran, appellation created in 1971 for white wines from the Chardonnay grape in southern Burgundy, between Mâconnais and Beaujolais, to include much of the wine that was once sold as Beaujolais Blanc. St-Véran encompasses seven communes: Davayé, Solutré-Pouilly, and Prissé on classic limestone soil adjacent to pouilly-fuissé and Chânes, Chasselas, Leynes, and St-Vérand, where the sandy red soil of Beaujolais is mixed with limestone. By 2011 703 ha/1,735 acres were declared under vine. The wines frequently have more body and ageing ability than a typical mâcon-villages without rivalling the power and persistence of the wines of Pouilly-Fuissé, which forms an enclave within St-Véran. When the appellations were created, Davayé was offered the opportunity to be included in Pouilly-Fuissé but declined.