Monday, November 21, 2011

The Maconnais

Moving south from the Cote Chalonnaise into Burgundy's largest vineyard area, the Maconnais, the climate changes with the Mediterranean influence. This can create riper grapes resulting in fruitier flavors and aromas. About 80% of the region's production is regional level Macon AOC wine with most of the white being labeled Macon-Villages.

2006 Macon Villages
Appearance: Clear, pale lemon color with a watery rim.
Nose: heavy oxidized aromas
Quality: Poor, out of condition






Pouilly Fuisse is the principal commune of the Maconnais. The vineyard locations on the bowl shaped slopes maximize sun exposure, this, combined with the limestone based soils produce a style of Chardonnay that should typically be fuller bodied with good fruit and minerality.

2009 Pouilly Fuisse Louis Jadot    
Appearance: Clear, pale lemon color with a watery rim.
Nose: Clean, medium intense youthful aromas of lemon and peach with some butter.
Palate: Medium body and acidity with lower intensity flavors mirroring the nose. Medium- finish.
Quality: Acceptable       

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