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Wine Finds: Chardonnay from the Mâconnais

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One of the world’s best sources of affordable, pure and often unoaked chardonnay is an area in France known as the Mâconnais, located in the southern part of Burgundy. Many wines produced in this region are labeled Mâcon-Villages, a name that can only be used for whites that come from the more than 40 villages that make up the appellation. If the grapes were grown in just one of those villages, the wine can be labeled Mâcon followed by the name of that specific village. Below is a comparison of a Mâcon-Villages wine with one from the prestigious village of Fuissé.

Domaine des Granges 2016 Mâcon-Fuissé

Bought • Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard, in August for $14.99

Description • Mâcon-Fuissé and the famous Pouilly-Fuissé, home of quite pricey, top-quality chardonnay, are related geographically but are two separate appellations. The grapes for this delicious unoaked wine were actually grown in Pouilly-Fuissé but could not be classified as such due to the altitude of the vineyards. This is a lush and vibrant chardonnay that has complex fruit flavors including fresh juicy green apples. It ends with a long, clean finish. It would go well with fish, chicken and rich cream sauces.

Nicolas Potel 2015 Mâcon-Villages

Bought • Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard, in August for $14.99

Description • This is also a delicious pure chardonnay and the previous vintage received 90 points from Wine & Spirits. A zesty complex wine, it’s crisp, tart and refreshing with a stony minerality and mouthwatering acidity. It tastes of green apples, lemon and other citrus fruits along with a hint of almonds. It can be enjoyed with appetizers but would go particularly well with shellfish and other seafood.

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