2010 Domaine des Niales Rhedon-Marin Mâcon-Villages Vieilles Vignes

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This charming Chardonnay from the Macon comes from a small grower. Lionel Rhedon-Marin is a recent graduate of the College of Viticulture in the nearby village of Davaye, where Guffens trained. All of their young-vine fruit is sold in bulk to one of the better negociants, who is pleased to have it, since Lionel is such a careful grower. But their old-vine fruit, all over 45 years of age, is kept for the Domaine wine, which is charming and elegant. On the palate this is focused and bright, with a nice spicy note and lovely acidity, as well as some pretty pear notes. This is not the super-ripe style that is suddenly popular, but is, instead, a balanced, well-made and wonderfully crisp and mineral-driven Macon. Only K&L's direct import makes this price possible. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

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By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/2/2013  | Send Email
The Mâconnais district is well known as a great source of value-priced white Burgundy, but the 2010 Domaine des Niales Rhedon-Marin Mâcon-Villages Vieilles Vignes may very well be one of the best Chardonnays under $15 in the store right now regardless of region of origin. 2010 was a superb vintage for white wines in Burgundy, very classic, and this Mâcon-Villages does not disappoint. Wonderfully mineral in character with hints of wet stone and earth. Bright, fresh citrus notes. Round and smooth textured with surprising concentration and persistence. An extraordinary value at a mere $12.99.

By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/3/2013  | Send Email
A superb value for Classic White Burgundy from the Macon. Lots of minerality and citrus stone fruit, crispy and bright, with no new oak so it stays fresh and clean. Balanced with great texture and a real find for your everyday Spring/Summertime Chardonnay! And something almost every palate can enjoy and appreciate. You wont believe the quality for the price!

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/28/2013  | Send Email
The old vine concentration really shows through in this charming little Chardonnay, simply great for people who enjoy a balanced version of this often maligned grape. A very far cry from big flabby Chard, this has crispness and balance, and is just great.

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/13/2013  | Send Email
Old vine white Burgundy for $12.99? YES PLEASE! Bright, clean, mineral driven Chardonnay with lively acidity and notes of pear and apple. What a value!
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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