2016 Domaine des Niales Rhedon-Marin Mâcon-Villages Vieilles Vignes

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This is a charming Chardonnay from a small grower in the Mâcon. 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's wine, which is tantalizing and elegant. Our staff raves include: "This Domaine has always over-delivered." And: "Every vintage the Domaine des Niales wine is one of my favorites from the Maconnais." Because of our Direct Import pricing, this is a white Burgundy-level Chardonnay that you can enjoy any night of the week.

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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/13/2018 | Send Email
How often do you get old vine fruit in a wine under $15? Not often enough! This is a fun, everyday drinking White Burgundy that's crisp and unoaked, perfect for fans of Chablis. Tons of mineral verve, bright green apples and white floral aromatics provide the backdrop for a well balanced palate. Great wine for the price!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2018 | Send Email
The best ABC deal that is still a C in the store! This Domaine has overperformed for us for over a decade! Ripe but coolly defined yellow fruits, good aromatics and a nice hint of minerality on the finish. Good for almost all occasions.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2018 | Send Email
This little wine is a top favorite of mine each year. It's one of the best values in crisp unoaked Chardonnay you'll find in the store. The 2016 vintage has a bit more verve and poise than the 2015, with crisp snap pea and tangy citrus notes. The 2015 was quite ripe with lots of tropical fruit, but the 2016 is more classic Burgundian, and drinks beautifully with seafood. Think of this as a delicious Chablis or Sancerre alternative.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2018 | Send Email
The bargain White Burgundies just keep on coming! Though this Macon reflects the richness of the 2016 vintage, it still retains the bright green apple and limestone indicative of this producer. The old vine fruit also adds some golden apple/caramel richness and depth. Generous minerality on the finish keeps things bright!

Staff Image By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2018 | Send Email
This is one of 5 bargain white Burgundy favorites under $20 and do not expect it to last long in our stores. On the nose, it's very aromatic with pretty floral notes and undertones of ripe fruit. The palate brings a balanced acid and fruit finish. When I think of a nice white wine with balanced notes for warmer weather, this is the wine I would drink and share with a crowd as it would please just about any palate.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/1/2017 | Send Email
I liked these wines when I first tasted them a couple of vintages ago, but in the past two years Rhedon's Macon has absolutely astounded me. This wine is silly good for what the bottle costs. Beautiful notes of green and golden apple notes with plenty of acid and mineral drive. This showcases the beautiful richness of the 2015 vintage with fruit weight, but with such a long drive that the finish seems to go on and on. A perfect everyday Chardonnay from Burgundy.

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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.
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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13