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Mâconnais

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

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... 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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  1. Mâcon-Bussières Chardonnay, Domaine Gonon

    Mâcon-Bussières Chardonnay, Domaine Gonon 2013 75cl

    A great example of Southern Burgundian Chardonnay, with citrus aromas and a palate filled with apple fruit. The crisp dry character carries through to a a finish that is pleasingly long with some subtle lime fruit and white flower. 

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  2. Pouilly Fuissé Vielles Vignes, Collovray-Terrier

    Pouilly Fuissé Vielles Vignes, Collovray-Terrier 2013 75cl

    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 and good length.

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  3. St-Véran, Jean-François Gonon

    St-Véran, Jean-François Gonon 2013 75cl

    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 example of a Southern Burgundian white.

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  4. Macon Villages Terres Secrètes, Blasons de Bourgogne

    Macon Blanc Villages Terres Secrètes, 2014 75cl

    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 and harmonious finish.

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  5. Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Gonon

    Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Gonon 2014 75cl

    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 mineral grapefruit complexion, harmonised by a rounded, pristine finish.

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  6. Macon Chardonnay, Cuvée Joseph Talmard

    Macon Chardonnay, Cuvée Joseph Talmard, 2015 75cl

    Traditional style Chardonnay from Burgundy. Rich and buttery with subtle, exotic flavours.

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  7. Macon Lugny, Les Genievres Louis Latour

    Macon Lugny, Les Genievres Louis Latour, 2015 75cl

    Opulent and rich, a classic Macon with apple and nut flavours on the palate.

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  8. Mâcon-Bussières Gamay, Domaine Gonon

    Mâcon-Bussières Gamay, Domaine Gonon, 2010 75cl

    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.

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  9. Pouilly-Fuissé Perraton Freres, Burgundy (Half Bottle)

    Pouilly-Fuissé Perraton Freres, Burgundy (Half Bottle), 2012 37.5cl

    Rich and long with wonderful fruit flavours.

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