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.
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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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  • Georges Duboeuf Clos Reyssie Pouilly-Fuisse 2009


    great nose of peach and flowers.....on the palatte it offers a great balance of crispness and oakiness.... Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer

  • Macon-Villages Chardonnay Cave de Lugny Burgundy 2010


    Flinty minerals on the nose. Some brisk citrus with tones of green vegetation, golden apple and asparagus. On the palate it has crisp acidity and a nice mouth-watering juiciness. Nice minerality along with flavors of quince, pear, citrus and hints of green. Nicely balanced and made for food, for sure. Lobster mac & cheese, here we come.87 pts. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Drouhin St Veran 2010


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    Wine review by SLKimball

  • Château de la Greffière Mâcon-la Roche Vineuse Vieilles Vignes 2010


    Very nice white burgundy, crisp, clean, minerally with good balance. Better if served not too chilled. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Château de la Greffière Mâcon-la Roche Vineuse Vieilles Vignes 2011


    Very nice French chardonnay. A little less complex, less flinty and less minerally than the '10 with subtle floral notes on a well balanced frame of white stone fruit and honeysuckle. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • La Soufrandière Mâcon-Vinzelles le Clos de Grand-Pere 2010


    In our search for that elusive, perfect white, this one is not quite it, but it's good. Very good. We enjoyed this white burgundy at our own table with homemade fava bean agnolotti in a curry emulsion. The winery describes the wine as "citrussy mineral nose and balance, complexity and richness in the mouth." Read More

    Wine review by Cab Lovers

  • Héritiers du Comte Lafon Mâcon Vire Clesse 2010


    Beaune Imports of Berkeley brings here a golden straw hue with aromas of rich, dried yellow fruits wine; round and bright in the mouth with flavor notes of dried apples, pears and star fruits, lingering long on the refreshingly tart palate; this is one hell of a Chardonnay value! Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth

  • Macon Fuisse Gilles Noblet 2006


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    Wine review by Schroenstein

  • Savigny les Beaune Clos des Guettes 2006


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    Wine review by Barberolo

  • Caves des Grands Crus Blancs Macon-Vinzelles 2010


    Crisp clean nose like that of a flinty Chablis. Lemon oil and flowers, beeswax and marshmallow foam. On the palate, it's crisp, fresh and tart with strong lemon flavors and other citrus like grapefruit and some guava notes. It has a nice creamy feel to the texture but isn't fat or too buttery in flavor save for a nice creme fraiche note. Finishe... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

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