2009 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 squarer on the palate, with good power and weight. It is softer in acidity than the Solutré, with some floral notes on the nose and an interesting earthiness on the back-palate. It is unoaked and pure Chardonnay.. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/30/2010  | Send Email
I look forward to the arrival of the Renaud wines every year and the 2009's are fantastic. The fruit feels riper to me this year and the aromas are more pear than apple. The palate is bigger and rounder with lots of ripe fruit but still remains balanced. Another great value.

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/24/2010  | Send Email
Planning a wedding or big party in the near future? The 08 Renaud Macon Charnay is in stock and and a great value for the price. Creamy apple and citrus notes are framed by just enough acidiity and mineral notes tp keep things interesting. It is refreshing yet supple, crisp yet balanced by ripe fruit flavors - exactly the kind of clean, balanced white wine that appeals to a broad range of palates (and pair with a variety of foods, too!) Buy by the case.

By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/3/2010  | Send Email
The wines from Mâcon Charnay typically have a soft floral nuance; I think it is the higher concentration of granite in the soils. This wine perfectly expresses this terroir! Behind ripe orchard fruit on the nose is the tell tale floral character. The palate has a moderately round, bigger than in previous vintages, with delicious ripe orchard fruits with just a hint of cream. It possesses plenty of charm, capable of winning over die hard burgundy fans as well as adventurous California Chardonnay drinkers.

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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.
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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