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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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Croix Senaillet  St. Veran En Pommards 2017

Croix Senaillet  St. Veran En Pommards is made from 100% Chardonnay

This Saint-Véran En Pommards is produced from 50 year old Chardonnay grapes organically grown on limestone marls.
Bright golden color, ample and complex wine offering small berry, ripe apple and dry apricot aromas. The discreet toasty notes brings volume, juicy texture mingled with the freshness of the fruits. A beautiful balance and great aging potential for this delicious Chardonnay.

Vineyard
Surface area : 1.50 ha.
Soil : limestone marl, 30% of slope.
North-east facing parcel situated halfway up the hillsides.
Grape variety : organically-grown Chardonnay.
Plantation density : 8.500 vinestocks per ha.
Age of vines : 45 years
Vines are pruned in the Mâconnais style Acure system.

Harvesting at optimal maturity.
Destemming to avoid herbaceous tastes.
Slow and soft pneumatic pressing at low pressure to favor the purity of the juice and the aromatic expression.
Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats and oak barrels at slow and controlled temperature until January.
Malolactic fermentation.
Aging for 8 months on fine lees, 50% in oak casks.
Blending of the juice vinified in the vat with the juice vinified in cask.

Pairs well with scallops with saffron, rabbit in blanquette,
pike perch with butter.

Croix Senaillet Macon-Davaye 2018

Croix Senaillet Macon-Davaye is 100 percent Chardonnay.

Pale brilliant yellow color. Fresh nose of citrus fruits (lemon, grapefruit). Mineral and salty notes on the palate. Fresh, supple and harmonious in the mouth.

Produced from 7 different parcels of vines spread over 3.77 hectares, planted on clay and limestone based soils. Average age of the vine is 28 years. Careful vinification. Minimal intervention in the vinification process. Modern equipment (pneumatic press, thermo-regulated tanks). Each parcel is harvested at full maturity. Destemming, slow press, slow fermentation, malolactic fermentation, aging on the lees.

Excellent as an aperitif and pairs well with grilled fish and Asian food.

 

Guillemot-Michel Vire-Clesse Quintaine 2017

Ripe passion fruit and pineapple on the nose, and fresh minerality. Very rich on the palate, well balanced. Honey, tropical fruit flavors and a great finish. The wine is excellent.

 


Review:

"Gautier Roussille is among the leading young talents in the Mâconnais. This cement-fermented and aged Chardonnay is a blend from 6.2ha. It's fresh and perfumed, with lime blossom notes that are almost reminiscent of a Clare Valley Riesling. It also shows tangy acidity and impressive palate length. Great value too. Drinking Window 2019 - 2023. - Tim Atkin MW"

- Decanter Magazine (November 1st 2018), 92 pts


 Wine Enthusiast: 92
Maurice Martin Macon-Villages 2018

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.

Maurice Martin Pouilly-Fuisse 2018

Maurice Martin Pouilly-Fuisse is made from 100 percent Chardonnay.

Fruity and floral aromas intertwined with vanilla and toasty notes. Harmonious, well balanced and elegant wine.

The grapes for this wine is coming from 2 famous part of the Maconnais' region: Vergisson and Solutré, famous for their Rocks. Hence, the minerality is coming from these rocky soils.

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

Excellent with white meats and fish.

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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