Marcel’s Saint-Véran La Cour des Bois is made with chardonnay fruit from his 70-year-old vines at the very southern end of the appellation near the village of Chânes, in Saint-Véran. This site is unusual for the southern Mâconnais, being the remnants of a ridge of an ancient riverbed. La Cour des Bois is a small plateau with ancient alluvial soils, featuring shallow clay and limestone along with sandstone and pebbles. This particular terroir gives the wine an airy, fresh, crisp quality, which is something Marcel seeks to emphasize.
His approach is the definition of natural, employing the lowest intervention winemaking imaginable; the wine is put into barrel and left there until right before the following harvest, following the rhythm of the seasons. His wines offer incredible delicacy with aromatic purity and complexity as a result.