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The Maconnais is the southernmost part of Burgundy, if you don’t count Beaujolais. It is best known for charming, not very expensive, usually unoaked Chardonnay, though the best wines from Pouilly-Fuisse and Vire-Clesse, among other appellations, can be world-class. A little red wine is made here, generally from Gamay, and it, too, can be fresh and delightful.

The most general appellation is Macon, followed by Macon-Villages. 43 villages are permitted to put their names on the label, and these wines generally offer a step up in quality. The best of these are great finds, because they are white Burgundies that one can actually afford to drink every day. Top Pouilly-Fuisse can be serious and ageworthy, but is still generally not very expensive.
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  • J. A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse Sous Vergisson 2010

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    This wonderful Pouilly-Fuissé by J. A. Ferret (now owned by Jadot) has a nose of pear and apple - a bit like a Chablis with deeper flower-like notes; on the palate, there is a fair bit of mineral (clean forged steel) plus sweet licorice and green apple. Nice, elegant, long, nutty finish. There is also abundant acid for further aging. An excell... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Albert Bichot Pouilly-Fuissé 2010

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Duboeuf St. Veran 1st Prize 2012

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    A youngish, almost Chablis-like wine, this Macon is slightly more nervy, less viscous and sultry than the norm - an artifact of the vintage, perhaps. The honey, green apple and muted licorice nose with anise finish are more than acceptable. Decent value. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Barton & Guestier Macon-Villages 2011

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    Huge apple, raisin and walnut aromas greet the nose with an underlying buttery brioche richness to them. Less opulent in the mouth than the nose suggests, this shows fine acids supporting fruit that is fairly ripe with an edge of aged complexity emerging early on the palate and lingering right through the moderately long finish. the fruit, very ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cave de Lugny Mâcon-Lugny la Carte Lieu-Dit 2011

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    This lovely Chardonnay offers up melon and anise to the nostrils with a good dose of exotic flower honey; the entry is round, viscous - filled with licorice, honey and cooking apple nuances on the tongue. Super bargain. 88 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Louis Latour Pouilly Fuisse 2011

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    Wine review by HayashiKana


  • I'm a big chardonnay fan, too, usually in CA from Sonoma and just south of ... ... from Chablis down to the Maconnais. Value propositions are more important to me than they used to be, so I'm unfortunately drinking less good Le Montrachet than I used to.  ;-(Leeuwins work for me, but I prefer them with a little bottle age and after they've bre... Read More

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  • Cave de Lugny Mâcon-Lugny "Les Charmes" 2010

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    Decent but not great macon lugny chardonnay. Hints of lemon cream and little minerality, medium acidity and short to medium finish. Not bad for the price but nothing special either. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Bouchard Aine et Fils Macon-Villages Chardonnay 2011

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    Decent enough Macon Villages chardonnay, just nothing special. Nice bite of lemon cream, medium acidity and a fairly short finish. Expected a bit more acidity but this was somewhat flat and non-descriptive. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Jadot Pouilly Fuisse 2012

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    Wine review by Vespertius


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