2008 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Charnay

SKU #1051510

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 squarer on the palate, with good power and weight. It is still unoaked and pure, however. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 06/09)

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/4/2009  | Send Email
Perfect fruit ripeness, leesey minerality and fresh acidity make this a lively, tasty white Burgundy that is a must to have on hand as a go-to white for seafood, poultry, or fish dishes, especially if lemon is featured. It's delicious with Dungeness crab prepared with a lemon, butter and garlic sauce! No sense keeping it to yourself either...invite your friends - this wine is priced to party!

By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/27/2009  | Send Email
This has arrived just in time for the Holidays and not a bit too late. Anyone looking for an affordable and tasty glass of chardonney should try a sip of this bargain. Rich and round but with great structure and minerality, this drinks like a $25.00 bottle. You can show up at any party with a couple bottles of this and not break the bank.

By: Christie Brunick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/14/2009  | Send Email
Simply the best Chardonnay for $12.99 that I have ever tasted! No joke, this wine is seriously mouthwatering and delicious from the first sip to the last drop. Its aromas of honeysuckle and light citrus are followed by lustrous minerality and bright acid, but it still retains the creaminess that we love in a Chardonnay. I'm so excited about this wine, it's clean and crisp yet it retains the weight and body to hold up to many types of cuisine.

 By: Neil Maiers-Wine Expedition |  Review Date: 12/12/2009 
Okay- I'll say it. I love this wine. As I type this, I just opened up the second bottle of this wine that I've picked up in as many weeks and I'm a guy that constantly seeks out new bottles, so for my to go back for more is saying something... Such good fruit handled with a deft hand. Green apples with a backbone of minerals on the nose, pears and minerals with a squeeze of citrus on the palate. Nice, crisp acidity and a substantial weight in my mouth. Tasty, elegant, good- period. We recently shot a 'tasting notes' webisode on this wine: check it out at www.wineexpedition.com.

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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