2018 Mâcon-Davayé, ‘Les Bélouzes’, Domaine Saumaize, Mâconnais, France

Pale lemon gold with aromas of ripe apples, and nutty notes. Medium bodied the palate has flavours of apple skin, orange blossom and peach and a creamy textured finish.

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay

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2018 Mâcon-Davayé, ‘Les Bélouzes’, Domaine Saumaize, Mâconnais, France

Tasting Note

Pale lemon gold with aromas of ripe apples, and nutty notes. Medium bodied the palate has flavours of apple skin, orange blossom and peach and a creamy textured finish.

Food Pairing

This wine could be tasted with white meat in a sauce or with goats cheese.

Producer Info

Guy Saumaize was a third generation vigneron from Vergisson, one of the top communes in Pouilly-Fuissé. He learnt his craft from his father and honed it at enology college. The Domaine was born in 1981, when with bank loans and a great deal of help from his father’s contacts, Guy purchased some land to build a house and winery on and some vineyards in Davayé. Guy sadly died a couple of years back, but his son has continued at the helm and this domaine continues to make very traditionally styled Burgundies.

Regional Info

Mâcon is the generic regional appellation for red, white and rosé wines from across the Mâconnais sub-region of southern Burgundy. In contrast to location- specific appellations like Pouilly-Fuissé, Mâcon AOC wines are representative of a particular quality level, rather than a particular terroir. Because many wines made in the Mâcon vineyard zone qualify for a range of other higher level appellations, the proportion of Mâconnais wines whose labels actually read simply “Mâcon” is relatively small.

Mâcon has historically been most famous for its red wines. During the 20th century, however, white wine production accelerated dramatically and now represents around 86 percent of over 3800 hectares (9400 acres) of vines which qualify for one of the Mâcon appellations. All white wines from an appellation including the word “Mâcon” are produced exclusively from the core Burgundian white grape variety Chardonnay.

A number of communes within the Mâcon appellation’s catchment area have been recognised as sources of higher quality wines and may append their names to “Mâcon” on their labels. While all of these communes may use their names on white wine labels, only two-thirds of them produce red and rosé wines of sufficient quality to earn this privilege.

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