Macon-Villages, Les Classiques, Vignerons de Mancey

Pale lemon gold with a nose of dessert apples and stone fruit. The palate is medium bodied fresh and fruity, with good citrus acidity balancing the orchards fruit flavours. The finish is of good length and develops some nutty hints.

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Macon-Villages Chardonnay 2018, Les Classiques, Vignerons de Mancey

Pale lemon gold with a nose of dessert apples and stone fruit. The palate is medium bodied fresh and fruity, with good citrus acidity balancing the orchards fruit flavours. The finish is of good length and develops some nutty hints.

Producer Information

With most of the grape growers in the Mâconnais being mixed farmers owning only around a hectare of vines, co-operatives have long been vital to the region and are among the country’s best. Based near Tournus, the Vignerons de Mancy is a group of 80 growers who produce some of the best value wines in Burgundy.

Wine Making

The fruit is part hand harvested and part machine harvested, crushed, drained and gently pressed. There then follows a natural must clarification before alcoholic fermentation at a maximum of 20C in stainless steel tanks using selected yeasts. The wine goes through mlf in tank and is aged with its lees for 10 months prior to bottling.

Regional Information

Mâcon-Villages is an appellation for dry white wines made from the Chardonnay grape variety. These are produced in selected communes of the Mâconnais wine area of southern Burgundy. The appellation represents a step up in quality from the standard Mâcon title.

The named Mâcon-Villages communes are permitted to add their names to the Mâcon appellation on labels or to call their wines simply Mâcon-Villages. Examples of these include Mâcon-Lugny, Mâcon-Vergisson or Mâcon-Fuissé. All of these AOCs are for white wine only with the exception of MâconSerrières. A wine is produced from grapes grown in more than one of the named communes must be labeled Mâcon-Villages.

The villages in question are spread throughout the Mâconnais region, with a slight bias towards the hillsides to the west of Mâcon town. The more northerly villages are spread further apart, divided by patches of woodland. The hillier area to the south is much more densely covered with vineyards. These hillsides offer the best of the Mâconnais terroir, and it is here that the prestigious villages of Pouilly, Vinzelles and Loché are located.

Overall, the landscape of the Mâconnais is one of rolling limestone hills, bordered in the east by the Saône river as it flows south to meet the Rhône just outside Lyon. The climate shows signs of the region’s proximity to the Rhône Valley. Average temperatures are higher than the rest of Burgundy. Rainfall is lower, and – perhaps most significantly – there is less risk of vine-damaging spring frosts. Chardonnay ripens more successfully here than further north and the wines it produces are markedly richer than those from Chablis – the northernmost Burgundian appellation.

The typical Mâcon-Villages wine is lightly floral and fruity, with a warm hint of citrus fruit. The best examples have a gently nutty character, reminiscent of almonds or hazelnuts.

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