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Mâcon followed by the name of the Village

The Bourgogne winegrowing region produces great wines with historical and international renown.
Although the most famous may be the Premiers and Grands Crus, there are also many wonderful appellations Régionales and Village for you to discover.
With 84 appellations to explore, your adventure has only just begun!

For many years, the Bourgogne winegrowing region has claimed to have around 100 AOCs. However, there are in fact 84 AOCs. The rest made up by the Dénominations Géographiques Complémentaires (DGCs) within the Bourgogne AOC.  

Wine Characteristics


In colour the red Mâcon range from cherry to dark ruby via deep garnet.
The purplish highlights are typical of the Gamay grape. Aromatically, they develop accents of small red and black fruits (gooseberry, bilberry) blended with notes of underbrush, mushroom, fruit-pit and animal. As they age, they evolve towards prune and pepper. They are rich, vital, hearty, fleshy, spontaneous, joyous, and easy to like. While still young they may be a little stiff but they will soften and become suppler with time. Both the wine’s structure and texture are excellent.
 

Wine Steward’s Tip

Whites: their cheeky charm and lively approach make them perfect as a pre-dinner drink served with salty finger foods such as chips, crackers, peanuts and olives. Their perfect all-round balance of vivacity, fullness, and smoothness plus aromatic complexity makes them easy to match with food. Poultry or veal in cream sauce does them justice in the winter, as does creamy risotto with meat, poultry, or fish. In the summer, they do justice to grilled fish, cold antipasto, ratatouille, or mixed salads with onions. They are even capable of taking sushi and goat’s cheese under their wing.
Serving temperature: 10 to 11°C as a pre-dinner drink,11 to 12°C with food.

Reds: perfumed, meaty and full of life, they go marvelously well with fine charcuterie (hams, terrines, and pâtés) whose meaty and mouth-filling texture is offset by their vivacity. The same is true when they are matched with more fibrous and subtle meats such as rabbit, and boiled or braised beef. They are also perfect with burgers and tapas, which draw on their lively and appealing qualities. Mâcon wines go well with mixed summer salads, thanks to their aromatic power and their cheery character.
Serving temperature: 14 to 15°C.


Rosés: lively and eminently drinkable, they take their place alongside cold cuts, couscous, tajines, tabouleh, cheese-topped vegetables, omelettes, onion tarts, burgers and pizzas.
Serving temperature: 11 to 12°C.
 

Situation


The Mâconnais is the soul of southern Bourgogne, celebrated by its native son, the poet Lamartine. It extends over some 40 km of the Côte Chalonnaise as far as the Rock of Solutré. Lying between the rivers Saône and Grosne, its valleys and hillsides seem to make the vines welcome. Indeed, vines have been grown here since Gallo-Roman times and their cultivation received a boost from the powerful Abbeys of Cluny and Tournus. The town of Mâcon has strong links with the wine industry. The surrounding villages have a smiling and good-natured appearance, reminiscent of water-colour paintings, with their galleried houses and Romanesque church towers. The wines of the MÂCON appellation (which dates from 1937), whether red or rosé and whether made from Pinot Noir or Gamay noir à jus blanc grape are restricted to the arrondissement of Mâcon and 11 neighbouring communes. They may also (both reds and rosés) label themselves with the name Mâcon plus the name of their commune of origin.

Mâcon-Verzé, as seen by Nicolas Maillet 

Terroirs



Separated by a serie of parallel faults, the hills of the Mâconnais are linked along axes which give them either a North/North-westerly or a South/South-easterly exposure. The vines readily take to these hillsides. Limey or calcic brown rendzinas suit the Pinot Noir grape and long-keeping Chardonnays. Elsewhere, flinty sands and clays, often mixed with “chailles” or sandstone pebbles favour the earlier-drunk Chardonnay or (in reds) the Gamay, which is equally at home on granitic soils which point up the nearby presence of the Beaujolais.

Appellations Régionales, explained by Jean-Pierre Renard

 

Bourgogne appellations

  • Category

    Regional appellation

  • Wine-producing region

    VIGNOBLE DU MÂCONNAIS

  • Information


    Appellation Régionale of the Mâconnais wine-growing region (Saône-et-Loire).
    The word VILLAGES or the name of the commune of origin may only be added to the word MÂCON for wines harvested within the defined area of the appellation MÂCON VILLAGES consisting of 26 named communes and grouped together.
    Producing communes:
    Mâcon: communes of the Mâcon administrative district plus 11 nearby communes.
    Mâcon Villages: Azé, Bray, Burgy, Bussières, Chaintré, Chardonnay, Charnay-lès-Mâcon, Cruzille, Davayé, Fuissé, Igé, Loché, Lugny, Mancey, Milly-Lamartine, Montbellet, Péronne, Pierreclos, Prissé, La Roche-Vineuse, Saint-Gengoux-le-National, Solutré-Pouilly, Uchizy, Vergisson, Verzé, Vinzelles.
     

  • Production surface area

    Area under production*:
    1 hectare (ha) = 10,000 m2 = 24 ouvrées.
    522.45 ha including
    Mâcon: 324.99 ha.
    Mâcon + name of the village:
    197.46 ha.
     

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Reds and rosés - Gamay and Pinot Noir

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