2015 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Villages

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Once in a great while you find wines from the Mâcon so good that tasting them blind you might think they're from a much higher (and more expensive) appellation - 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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Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/27/2017 | Send Email
This wine is all about value. Nicely clean and crisp, with mineral notes that linger. Zippy citrus of both lemon and lime initially, with a round mid-palate with flavors of ripe yellow apple. Oak influence in this wine is little to non-existent. Elevated acidity with a medium, elegant finish. A perfect choice for a clean and light chardonnay for under-$15

Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/11/2017 | Send Email
This is by far one of the best values in white Burgundy I have seen! This is matured in stainless steel, so it retains a crisp, fresh, mineral-driven quality while still possessing ripe fruit on the nose and palate. With notes of stone fruit, lemon zest and crisp apples, this one is sure to be crowd-pleasing and work well with almost any palate. Perfect if you're tasked to bring a bottle of wine and you're unsure of what the crowds preferences are.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/26/2017 | Send Email
The Renaud wines continue to be among my favorite white Burgundies. This is because every year they seem to over deliver considering their price point. The 2015 Macon Villages has all the elements I like a good white Burgundy wine, fresh ripe orchard fruit, with plenty of minerality and driving acid. The richness of the vintage is really shown off here, however the ripeness is held in balance and matched against the freshness of the acid. Just a delightful bottle of wine that tastes a lot more serious than one would think.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2017 | Send Email
Finding a decent bottle of white Burgundy for under twenty-five dollars can be a wine lover's odyssey, but every now and then more often than not we strike gold, or in this case, pale gold, the color of this unassuming Chardonnay from tiny Domaine Renaud. A surprisingly ripe and luscious rendition, with abundant flavors of stone fruit, crisp apples and vibrant citrus, characterized by a gentle spine of acidity. Baked, almond encrusted halibut would be a wonderful match for this overachieving Chardonnnay.

Staff Image 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.

Staff Image 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.

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2016 | Send Email
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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 *****
Drink from 2016 to 2020

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- 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.


- 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.


- 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