2010 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Charnay

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Once in a great while, you find wines from the Mâcon so good that tasting them blind you are forced to apply some much higher (and more expensive) appellation to it. Often, such a wine comes from hillside vineyards, with better drainage and cooler nights. This is such a wine, from the slopes below the giant monolith of rock that is Solutré. Domaine Renaud is a small Domaine, making Mâcon, Pouilly-Fuissé and St. Veran from 12 hectares of estate vineyards. Their cellar is modern, and they use upright ovals for many of the wines, and stainless for others. Compared to the Solutré, the Charnay is richer and more generous on the palate, with good power and weight. It has better acidity than the 2009 did, with some floral notes on the nose and a terrific finish. It is unoaked and pure Chardonnay. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/11)

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Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2012 | Send Email
This is one of the staff and customer's favorites every year and thankfully we still have some left. Bright apple and pear aromas and flavors with a crisp texture.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2012 | Send Email
Vintage after vintage this wine over delivers and the 2010 is no exception. As always this sees no oak what so ever and is a great antidote to all those overpriced, heavy and blousy chardonnays out there. This has rich, spicy apple fruit, fresh, flowery aromas and a round, generous middle. The lively citrus and mineral infused finish is very palate cleansing and keeps you reaching for another glass.

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2012 | Send Email
From the lower lying, warmer vineyards this wine is richer and weightier than the solutre. 2010 shows better mouth watering acidity than the 2009. Great citrus and stone fruit notes balanced by mineral makes another outstanding vintage from Renaud.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/23/2011 | Send Email
Riper and more tropical than the Solutré, The Charnay has a beautiful pineapple wrapped in cotton candy sort of nose, but is completely dry on the palate. Just a beautiful, delicate but aromatic Chardonnay that will go very well with, say, fish & chips, fondue, carbonara and stuffed yellow bell pepper too. Thumbs up!

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2011 | Send Email
This is the best this wine has ever showed so early after getting off the boat. This bottling of the Charnay is everything you want and expect it to be; fuller bodied with more ripe chardonnay fruit than its fraternal twin brother, the Solutre.

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- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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