Mâconnais Wine


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.
– Description from juliabutareva

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  • Pinot Noir

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  • Syrah

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  • Chardonnay

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  • Cordier

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    The viticultural tradition has been part of the Domaine Barraud since the 19th century. Five gene...

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  • Latour Macon-Lugny 'Les Genievres' 2011


    Similar to the 2010 vintage but a touch more on the round, smooth side without as much acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • J.J. Vincent Pouilly Fuisse "Marie Antoniette" 2010


    Minerals, earth and a subtle nuttiness greet the nose. Time reveals a nice floral cast that helps to illuminate the delicate citrussy aromas here. Clear, precise and vibrant on entry, this open with very clean flavors of heirloom apples, minerals and dried lemon pith. There;s an edginess to the palate and while the flavors are a bit simple this ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Louis Latour Saint-Véran les Deux Moulins 2011


    Tart but not minerally. Kind of flat without enough of the acidity that a good white burgundy should have. Not bad, just not really good. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Pouilly-Fuisse Fabrice Larochette 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by zinfandel1

  • Vrac Macon Chardonnay 2011


    My sister said she usually doesn't like Chardonnay but liked this. Read More

    Wine review by milasmom

  • Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuissé Clos Sur la Roche 2010


    Very floral nose--maybe, orange blossom--some slight hint of oak. Very pleasant introduction to the palate. Nice crisp tartness. Slight oak/caramel tast; some lemon; domr mineraliyy. Tartness that I like ligers for quite a while on the finish. US$29.99 at Wine Club in Santa Ana. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Domaine Jean Touzot Macon Villages 2011


    An excellent Macon village chardonnay. Crisp and clean, fruit forward with excellent acidity. Lemon pith and a somewhat slate like finish. Very good price to quality ratio. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Pouilly-Fuisse. Louis Jadot 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore

  • Nicolas Potel Pouilly Fuisse 2011


    Lemony nose with hints of oak. Aromas also of apple and pear. Flavors of apple, pear, limestone, lemon peel and grapefruit zest. Dry and balanced on the palate. Nice minerality. Good.88 pts.4/6/13 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Fabrice Larochette Pouilly-Fuisse Clos de Monsieur Noly 2008


    A nose of various Flowers and some lemon zest. On the palate an immediate freshness dotted with hints of lemon and grapefruit in perfect harmony. The finish doesn't linger. However, this wine has backbone and stands its ground with moderately spicy food.This is a well crafted wine. Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1

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