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Wine from Maconnais

Known as a sub-region in France, Maconnais is in the south of the country and situated in the prime Burgundy wine region. Macon is a town that is located on the Saone River and is in the middle of the Maconnais. Producing large amounts of wine, Maconnais specializes in Chardonnay, made from white grapes, and also grows a small amount of Gamay and Pinot Noir grapes that are used for red wine. The vineyards in the sub-region of Maconnais are sparse and interspersed with other crops such as citrus and nuts.  Limestone hills dominate the landscape of Maconnais. The climate is much warmer than other parts of the country and enjoys a lower rainfall average. The Mediterranean climate gives the region less frost that can damage the vines. Although the sub-region of Maconnais overlaps the part of the region of Beaujolais, it is also a part of the Burgundy wine region. Maconnais produces red, white, and rose wines that are spread across the region. Most of the vineyards produce high quality award winning wines like Macon Lugny. Sub-regions like Maconnais are not very well known in the United States, but in their home country, they are deemed high value.


 

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Guillemot-Michel Une Bulle 2018

Guillemot-Michel Une Bulle is made from 100% Chardonnay.

This cuvée was created originally to celebrate the wedding of daughter Sophie Guillemot and Gautier!


The Chardonnay grapes come from a historic parcel of the estate - La Lie-Monin - that had been leased for nearly 30 years and that the family decided to cultivate again in 2013 following up a change of viticulture practice (towards organic) from their main neighbor.


"Bulle" is produced with the "methode ancestrale" - meaning only natural sugars are used from grapes that are harvested at optimum maturity, being less acidic and more aromatic, giving a beautiful fresh and elegant sparkling wine of crisp and juicy flavors, firm acidity and a long finish.

White meat, dessert, fruits, mild cheese, delicious on its own


Review:

"The 2018 Méthode Ancestrale Une Bulle offers up lovely aromas of pear and elderflower, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping palate with a pillowy mousse and a charming core of fruit, with enough residual sweetness to make this a perfect accompaniment to strawberries or fresh fruit desserts. - William Kelley"

 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #249, June 2020), 91 pts


 Wine Advocate: 91
Guillemot-Michel Vire-Clesse Charleston 2018

Guillemot-Michel Vire-Clesse Charleston is made from 100 percent Chardonnay.

This cuvée is produced from hundred-year old vines that the great-grandfather planted after he returned from World War I. The family wanted to honor his memory and vinify these vines the same way he did, in old demi-muids.
Charleston is a deep and complex wine that gently express itself in the glass, offering juicy white fruit flavors and a lengthy finish.

Charleston is vinified and aged for one year in demi-muids of over 10 years old. During the following harvest, the wine is racked and placed in vats for another 6 months of aging before bottling.

Fish in white sauce, poultry in creamy sauce, hard cheeses.

Review:

 "A note of Golden Delicious apple has the merest touch of smoke on the nose of this wine. The palate comes in with smooth roundness, still conveying mellow and fresh apple. Although the textured palate is almost tannic with drying phenolics, real freshness becomes apparent in the depths. - ANNE KREBIEHL MW

 - Wine Enthusiast (December 2020), 91 pts


 Wine Enthusiast: 91
Guillemot-Michel Vire-Clesse Quintaine 2018

Guillemot-Michel Vire Clesse is made from 100 percent Chardonnay.

Beautifully expressive, with yellow fruits, orange blossom, smoke & flint. Thick and saline on entry, then seriously deep in the mid-palate, with suggestions of exotic fruits perfectly countered by strong minerality. This wine strikes a perfect balance between sweet and salty elements, and it shows vibrant acidity. It boasts a thickness that few other northern Mâconnais can match.

Enjoy with fish (such as sole meuniere), seafood, roasted chicken, goat cheese.



Review:

"The 2018 Viré-Clessé Quintaine is showing beautifully, wafting from the glass with a lovely bouquet of honeyed citrus fruit, fresh pastry and orange blossom. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and supple, it's elegantly textural and refined, with a fragrant core of fruit and a long, penetrating finish. Even though it will reward a bit of bottle age, it's slightly finer-boned than the more concentrated, muscular 2017, so I would opt to drink this immensely charming wine before its older sibling. – William Kelley"

- The Wine Advocate (Issue 249, June 30th 2020), 93 pts

 Wine Advocate: 93
Guillemot-Michel Vire-Clesse Quintaine 2018 (magnum)

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Guillemot-Michel Vire Clesse is made from 100 percent Chardonnay.

Beautifully expressive, with yellow fruits, orange blossom, smoke & flint. Thick and saline on entry, then seriously deep in the mid-palate, with suggestions of exotic fruits perfectly countered by strong minerality. This wine strikes a perfect balance between sweet and salty elements, and it shows vibrant acidity. It boasts a thickness that few other northern Mâconnais can match.

Enjoy with fish (such as sole meuniere), seafood, roasted chicken, goat cheese.



Review:

"The 2018 Viré-Clessé Quintaine is showing beautifully, wafting from the glass with a lovely bouquet of honeyed citrus fruit, fresh pastry and orange blossom. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and supple, it's elegantly textural and refined, with a fragrant core of fruit and a long, penetrating finish. Even though it will reward a bit of bottle age, it's slightly finer-boned than the more concentrated, muscular 2017, so I would opt to drink this immensely charming wine before its older sibling. – William Kelley"

- The Wine Advocate (Issue 249, June 30th 2020), 93 pts

 Wine Advocate: 93
Guillemot-Michel Vire-Clesse Retour a la Terre 2019

Guillemot-Michel Vire-Clesse Retour a la Terre is made from 100 percent Chardonnay. 

This cuvée is produced from grapes planted in the "Champ-Rond" vineyard and vinified in 800-liter amphoras.


The wine displays the estate's typical exotic fruit aromas and ripe citrus fruits with an extra dimension of expression due to the amphora's breathing. Ample and generous in the mouth with fine acidity and fantastic purity.

The wine is aged in 800-liter amphoras.The small grapes ripen beautifully without a high degree of alcohol - they are picked on the last day of the harvest, and the aging in amphora gives the wine a great purity.


The vines are grafted on "Riparia Gloire de Montpellier" - an old root-stock that was obtained in 1880 - producing very low yields with magnificent small grapes of a deep gold color.

The small grapes ripen beautifully without a high degree of alcohol - they are picked on the last day of the harvest, and the aging in amphora gives the wine a great purity.
The wine is aged in 800-liter amphoras.
Review:

"A lifted sense of white currant fights through on the shy nose of this wine. The rounder palate evokes juicy yellow plum and white peach. A sense of citrus pith adds real texture while lemony depths become apparent with more time on the palate. This is unusual but the wine has vivid juiciness and its own sense of depth. - ANNE KREBIEHL MW" - Wine Enthusiast (December 2020), 91 pts

 Wine Enthusiast: 91
Maurice Martin Macon-Villages 2019

Maurice Martin Macon-Villages is made from 100 percent Chardonnay.

White gold color with silver or greenish reflections , shiny and soft. Aromas suggest broom, acacia, green apple, lemongrass, citruses.  A fresh, dry and fruity, nervous with a good balance.

The grapes for this wine is coming from 3 famous part of the Maconnais' region: Chaintré, Pierreclos and Ozenay.

The wine went through malolactic fermentation. It has been gently filtered before bottling.

Very easy to associate with his very complete balance : grilled fish, creamy risottos, antipasti, salads, sushis, very pleasant at the aperitif.

Saumaize Michelin Macon-Villages 2014

Harmonious, fresh and clean aromas of fresh apple, lemon, orange blossom, white flower. Pure, crisp, silky and fine texture. Ripe fruit flavors and good acidity.

The vines are 40-45 years old of age on average. All of the wines are 100% barrel fermented and 100% M-L fermentation

Excellent with poultry served with a creamy sauce. (The locals enjoy it with Poulet de Bresse / Bresse Chicken).

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