2011 Domaine des Niales Rhedon-Marin Mâcon-Villages Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1135556

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: Mellyn Craig |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/8/2014  | Send Email
This Chardonnay is so delicious! It’s crisp acidity and mineral notes dominate the palate, with lovely citrus and pear fruit to make your mouth happy. I am always amazed at how complex this wine is for the price. Definitely one of my go-to Chardonnays!

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/29/2014  | Send Email
Always one of my favorite under $13 whites in the store. As usual, it's mineral, crisp, persistent, and an excellent representation of Chard from the Maconnais. Almost too serious for the price (but don't let that discourage you from having fun with this wine!)

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/16/2014  | Send Email
Wonderfully crisp and clean, made from 60-year-old vines left from his grandfather's plot. This is world-class Chardonnay for C-H-E-A-P! Fresh and vibrant on the finish.

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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

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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