2015 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Solutré

SKU #1254541 Wine Enthusiast

 This ripe, yellow-fruit-flavored wine has a smooth, rich texture. Full and flavorsome, it conveys a ripe, nutty character. The wine with its warm fruitiness is ready to drink. (RV)  (10/2016)

K&L Notes

Once in a great while you find wines from the Mâcon so good that tasting them blind you might think they're from a much higher (and more expensive) appellation. Often, such a wine comes from hillside vineyards, with better drainage and cooler nights. This one example, harvested from the slopes below the giant monolith of rock that is Solutré. Domaine Renaud is a small operation, 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 steel for others. This value is a great alternative to California Chardonnay and an entry into white Burgundy.

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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2017 | Send Email
Elegant and sophisticated, this Chardonnay from Domaine Renaud is delicious and versatile. It would make a great aperitif, party wine, would pair well with a range of lighter fare, or it could be a curl up on the couch and read a good book type of wine. Crisp, full of fresh minerality and ripe orchard fruit, this is an everyday white to grab on your next visit in.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/28/2017 | Send Email
From high up on the top of a steep slope (the Solutre) these vines suffer extreme stress and dig deep into the rocky soil searching for nourishment and sucking up lots of minerals in the process. 2015 Gave generous heat and warmth but this bottling still shows the pristine clarity and super mineral finish to match all that fruit.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2017 | Send Email
A great followup to the outstanding 2014 vintage, this 2015 Domain Renaud Macon Solutre offers the same classic minerality plus a little extra ripeness and sweetness of fruit. Notes of candied lemon peel and bitter grapefruit pith. Bright and lively and very fresh in style. Lovely weight here without sacrificing focus or intensity. Delicious.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/26/2017 | Send Email
Pascal and Mireille Renaud farm and harvest several parcels within the Pouilly- Fuisse region, and all of their wines are defined by their utter freshness and gracious, refined fruit. Hard to pick a favorite from their stunning lineup, but Macon Solutre possesses a slightly higher degree of acidity and definition, with flavors of tart green apples, nectarines and crisp Asian pears that announce their virtues in the glass. A splendidly crisp white wine that will pair well with seafood, especially that which finds its home in a bivalve shell....

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2016 | Send Email
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The 2015 Mâconnais single vineyard productions from Domaine Renaud are absolutely fabulous wines and none of them should be missed. We have been directly importing these Gems for at least the last five years and I have been enamored with every production. One of my favorites is this single vineyard offering of Solutre, which offers distinctive richness and a broad set of flavors much more associated with such productions as Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault. Lush ripe white peach to nectarine aromas with a slate-like, chalky mineral undertone are abundant in the nose, and carries across extremely well in the mouth to a deeply flavored, profound set of flavor characteristics, with excellent structure, and superb components presentation to it mouthwatering, long finish. The Bean has demanded that I bring home cases of this wonderful Gem and feels that you need to do the same. AN AMAZING VALUE! >>>A K&L WINE MERCHANTS' DIRECT IMPORT<<< ***** 13.0% ABV *****
Drink from 2016 to 2025

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/14/2016 | Send Email
The Domaine Renaud porfolio are a go-to value in KL's Burgundy section that should not be missed. The Macon Solutre is drinking fantastically right now! If you are looking for something totally affordable, and love the mineral driven, crisp, fresh side of Chardonnay this is one to stock up on. Super recommended for everyday drinking and a great pick if you are looking for an inexpensive event wine.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2016 | Send Email
Always one of my favorite Burgundy values, the Solutre has the fleshier riper notes from what is shaping up to be an outstanding vintage. Full of ripe apple, peach and wet stone flavors, this is destined to become one of my daily drinkers. It should be yours too!

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/9/2016 | Send Email
A super value Macon Solutre that expresses its uniqueness. This wine is elegant, crisp and well-structured. This 2015 Chardonnay is chalky with a mineral quality. The wine is mouth-filling and full, with a smooth and supple finish.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5