The value of Macon is illustrated beautifully in this bottle of Macon Villages. Sourced from the greater area of Macon from biodynamic vines. Ripe, pear and stone fruits, honey, cashews and mineral. The palate is rich and fleshy, long finishing and beautifully refreshing. Match it with a roast chicken. Drink from now until 2025.
When it comes to quality white wine, not many do it better than Dominique Lafon. More famous for his Meursault based Comte Lafon he has been running this Macon Estate since September 1999. 14 hectares of biodynamic vines treated with the same fastidiousness as Comte Lafon. The Macon Villages is gorgeous with the single cru wines being worth seeking out. Make sure you spend time with each bottle, let it open up and express its full array of nuanced flavours.
The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
The hidden gem of Burgundy. When talking about quality wine, Chardonnay is king here. While not scaling the heights of the great wines of the Cote d’Or you can find some stunning wines here in Macon. If you look hard enough you’ll find a large amount of switched on winemakers making quality wine, often having an Estate in the Cote d’Or too.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.