2008 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Solutré

SKU #1051513

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. The Solutré has pronounced minerality and an absolutely lovely and focused finsh, following the rich entry. WOW. (Ketih Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 06/09)

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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/27/2009  | Send Email
I am not certain when it happened exactly but it seems that more and more these days when I pour myself a glass of Chardonnay it's from Burgundy rather than California. The 2008 Domaine Renaud Macon Solutre is one of the reasons why. Refreshing. Clean. Lovely weight and texture. Tart citrus notes of lemon zest and an intensely mineral character that draws you in and keeps you coming back for more. And all this for only $12.99. Perfection.

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/17/2009  | Send Email
There are some wines that we direct import which have a following. This is one of those wines. The wine is from a small producer in the Macon. The wine displays beautiful minerality and a wonderful crisp mouthfeel. This wine usually doesn't last long.

 By: Neil Maiers-Wine Expedition |  Review Date: 11/23/2009 
Hey now... this wine is all minerals all the time. It starts on the nose- I got a nice punch in the nostril when I lifted the glass- and it continues all the way through. A drop of honey on the palate and it finishes on a dime, cleansing your mouth and preparing it for the next bite of food. It worked well with our turkey dinner and Thanksgiving webisode. Watch it 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 (%): 13.5