2011 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Solutré

SKU #1106895

Once in a great while, you find wine from the Mâcon so good that when tasted 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 a charming way of making your mouth water, pretty citrus notes, and a focused finish. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/11)

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/21/2012  | Send Email
Delicious little chardonnay from the Macon! The deeply limestone soils of this hillside vineyard produce a bright, refined Chardonnay- mineral & apple with that chalky limestone finish. Incredible value!
Top Value!

By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/31/2012  | Send Email
Our favorite wallet-friendly chardonnay is back! Full of beautiful Macon freshness on the nose, the mid-palate fills out nicely with some Solutre minerality. Follow it up with an incredible honey finish, and you have a bargain white burgundy that stands it ground next to any lieux-dit designated chardonnay.

By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/30/2012  | Send Email
New vintage! This bottling, coming from the Solutre hillside vineyards, is a bit more lean and focused than Renaud's other offerings. Great pear and citrus is well balanced with mineral notes and great acidity that, as Keith states, leaves your mouth watering and wanting more! Always over-delivers for the price!

By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/29/2012  | Send Email
Always a K&L favorite, and nothing has changed with this vintage. This is a small domaine, with only 12 hectares, with vines growing in the Macon, Pouilly-Fuisse, and St. Veran. All of their wines are good, and deserving of your attention, but I can only write about one, and this has consistently been my favorite since we first imported them.. This wine hails from the higher hillside vineyards under the monolith Solutre. These vineyards tend to be steeper, have better drainage, experience cooler evenings and most importantly tend to have more chalk in the soil. As you would expect this is a wine with more focus and cut with a pronounced mineral vein. They work predominately with stainless steel and large German foudres, to maintain purity of fruit and expression of terroir. The ripe apple and pear fruits elegantly balance the minerality on the palate and it possesses remarkable length. This is a terrific Burgundian bargain.

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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