2017 Joseph Drouhin Mâcon Villages

SKU #1405401 90 points John Gilman

 The 2017 Mâcon-Villages from Maison Joseph Drouhin is a very pretty and quite classic example of its appellation. The bouquet is quite floral, wafting from the glass in a mix of apple, fresh almond, a developing note of beeswax, spring flowers, toasty Mâconnais soil tones and a touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and impressively vibrant, with a very good core of fruit, lovely soil signature, zesty acids and lovely backend energy on the long and complex finish. This is a very lovely example of Mâcon-Villages, with impressive backend amplitude. A great value! 2019-2026.  (3/2019)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's notes: "The colour of the wine is bright and limpid. The nose is floral and fruity. Very straightforward and direct on the palate, as if biting into a grape. Fresh and light, with a very pleasant aftertaste."

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By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/18/2019 | Send Email
What a great wine from an incredibly reliable producer! Drouhin always makes nice wine, but the 2017 Macon-Village is firing on all cylinders. It has lovely fruity and floral aromas, racy acidity, soft texture and just a hint of vanilla. All this, just in time for a little springtime sunshine.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2019 | Send Email
It's so exciting to see the 2017 Burgundies hit the shelf after such great anticipation of the fantastic vintage. What better one to start with than one of our favorite producers, Joseph Drouhin. Done all in stainless steel, this wine takes the slightly richer flavors of Macon and brings freshness and vibrancy with tank fermentation and aging. This producer is always on point, and with soft peach, zesty lime acid, and subtle white flower notes, this is truly a great Burgundy for this sub-$15 price point.
Top Value!

By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2019 | Send Email
This easy drinking and lip-smacking Chardonnay is aged in stainless steal vats which gives it fresh, vivid and vibrant texture, and the palate is bursting with Mirabelle plums and Bartlett pears. It's a gentle, well rounded and balanced wine perfect for enjoying as an aperitif or accompanying white fish dishes.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/15/2019 | Send Email
We've only had a sampling from the 2017 vintage, as these wines are finally hitting the shelves, and overall I'm happy. This little Macon Villages from Drouhin is a great success, and definitely worth more than its modest price point. Bright, fresh and zippy on the palate, with a nice creamy finish, this wine is both lively and classic. I'd certainly recommend it for anyone looking for that great everyday bottle of white Burgundy.

By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/13/2019 | Send Email
The Mâconnais is a marvelous source for excellent value, bistro-style wines that are simply fresh and fun to drink. This is packed with personality and texture, showing lots of ripe apple, lemon and pear and that zing! of acidity that keeps everything vivacious and bright. With triple digit weather just around the corner, plan ahead and stock up for those hot summer nights!

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/13/2019 | Send Email
What a smoking value!! This is literally my new house white. This checks all the boxes: great producer-check (Joseph Drouhin), great vintage-check (2017), great price-check ($13.99) and lastly, it tastes great. Beautiful aromas of Golden Delicious apples and citrus spring from the glass while the palate is a perfect example of what makes the incoming 2017 white Burgundy vintage so exciting. There's copious amounts of beautiful fruit buffered by racy acidity coupled with layer upon layer of complexity, all wrapped up in an elegantly-styled package. What more could you ask for from an under-$14 gem? This is the best deal I have seen in Burgundy in 2019 and you should snatch up as many bottles as you can before this fantastic wine sells out.
Top Value! Drink from 2019 to 2021

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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.