There are 43 villages with the right to term themselves Mâcon-Villages and one of them is Chardonnay, home to the eponymous grape. They are a distinct step up in quality from the appellations of Mâcon (which accounts for three-quarters of all white burgundy output) and Mâcon Supérieur (which is understandably deemed better for having an extra percentage of alcohol).Read More
The whites, when at their best, should be enjoyable and unpretentious everyday drinking at a price that can compete with the oceans of New World Chardonnay that they now share the shelves with. Oak is not often used and the result is a lighter wine than is often associated with Burgundy. Red Mâcon-Villages is made from Gamay and is a very poor cousin to the wines of Beaujolais to the south.