2007 Mâcon Vergisson, Domaine des Nembrets, Denis Barraud

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We are directly importing several spectacular wines from a tiny domaine in the hills of Mâcon in a town called Vergisson. Denis Barraud has a tiny estate called Domaine des Nembrets. This Macon comes from his estate vineyards on the slopes of the Roche de Vergisson, a giant basalt monolith, surrounded by complex and folded rocky, well-drained soils with limestone outcroppings. Depending on the soil geology, a vineyard might be St. Veran, Pouilly Fuissé, or just Macon Vergisson. But all are hand-picked, artisanal wines from one of the emerging talents in this part of the world. This is bright and very rich on the palate, with lovely acidity that wakes your mouth. There is more minerality than many Macons, and the cool evenings here in the hills result in a fresh, bright wine. Excellent! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/07)

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By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/11/2009  | Send Email
In the realm of inexpensive French Chardonnay, this lovely bottling from the Maconnais certainly stands out. Crisp, green-fruited (apples/pears) on the attack lead to a fleshy, though zippy and nicely balanced mouthful of Chardonnay.

 By: Susan Purnell |  Review Date: 2/25/2009 
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There are times when I want to sip on a nice Chardonnay while I am preparing a relaxing Sunday meal. The Macon from Denis Barraud fits the bill. It is rich enough to just sip on but also has a nice bright acidity that will hold up just fine with food. It would make a lovely everyday Macon!

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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.
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France

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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