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Maconnais

Maconnais

This far south, the Burgundy region takes on a guise that is different from Chablis and the famous Côtes to the north. 

The climate here is considerably warmer and conducive to larger and less variable harvests, whilst the River Saône is wide and deep enough to have allowed for easy southbound transportation of as much wine as could be produced.  But the Mâconnais, especially around Pouilly-Fuissé and St-Véran, is still capable of crafting very fine wines

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    Aromas of apple and hints of something more topical make way on a medium bodied palate for a splash of minerality. The finish has a soft complexity an... Read More
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    A delicious example of this of this classic wine. Its full rich flavours show delicious tropical fruit character with a subtle hint of smokiness. Read More
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    Golden yellow in colour with fruity, floral aromas that are married with hints of vanilla. The use of old vines helps to create a rich palate with a m... Read More
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    A very clean wine that has floral overtones in with an aroma that hints at citrus too. The palate is very well balanced with a good rounded mouth-feel... Read More
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    A great example of Southern Burgundian Chardonnay, with citrus aromas and a palate filled with apple fruit. The crisp dry character carries through to... Read More
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    The quality of this St-Véran is exceptional. Dry apple notes on the aromatic, yet rich and powerful on the palate. A contently well made exampl... Read More
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    A light and fruity red that has hints of cherries on the palate yet retains the structure of the associated with Gamay from this region. Read More
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    Rich and long with wonderful fruit flavours. Read More
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    Opulent and rich, a classic Macon with apple and nut flavours on the palate. Read More
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    Traditional style Chardonnay from Burgundy. Rich and buttery with subtle, exotic flavours. Read More
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Vines and Styles

The Mâconnais is predominantly white wine territory and Chardonnay is the grape that it uses.  Modern winemaking embraces vinification in stainless-steel or glass-lined vats as well as oak and so the styles are varied.  Pinot Noir is grown for the reds, but it is this far south that it begins to give way to Gamay.

Appellation System

Several specific village appellations exist, such as for Pouilly-Fuissé and St-Véran, and, though these are very much in the minority, they are generally a good guide to the best wines to be found.  Mâcon-Villages covers 43 named villages and represents a large collection of good quality wines.  Below these are Mâcon Supérieur and Mâcon wines, the only difference between the two being that the former has 1% more alcohol than the latter.

Climate and Terroir

The comparative warmth of the region gives the wines a fuller body and higher alcohol content than most of those produced to the north.  The limestone that Chardonnay favours runs through the Mâconnais, but the marl loved by Pinot Noir has run out.  Sand and granite are found instead and these are more suited to Gamay.

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