2015 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Villages

SKU #1254540

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 - and this is such a wine. Domaine Renaud is a small operation, 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. This value is a great alternative to California Chardonnay and an entry into white Burgundy.

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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/4/2016 | Send Email
Mineral-driven with great texture, this favorite overdelivers for the price. Hints of oak and peach satisfy California Chardonnay fans, while crisp, linear elegance will make Burgundy drinkers very happy.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/18/2016 | Send Email
Having a party and don't want to endeavor into the Domestic Chardonnay realm? Well, look no further. While it is on the riper end of the Burgundian spectrum, it's fantastic for the money. Fresh lemon, stone fruit and subtle mineral notes to cap it off. Really nice little wine.

By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2016 | Send Email
The most current releases [2015] of the Macons from one of the finest, yet smaller producers of Chardonnay in that appellation have directly arrived, and their productions may be the best that we have imported to date. Distinctive aromas of white peach to Arkansas Black apple fruit, with a touch of slate to wet river stone minerality, all of which carries over to a lush, viscous mouthfeel. This is what we at K&L refer to as a great crossover Chardonnay for those of you who are hung-up on these creamy, rich domestic Chardonnays. It offers the best of both worlds and is thoroughly enjoyable on both ends. The Bean has asked me to bring home several cases of this lovely Gem. ***** 13.0% ABV *****
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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.
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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