The Bourgogne winegrowing region and its appellations
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Mâcon-Fuissé

Mâcon-Fuissé

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White: Chardonnay

Wine Characteristics

Crystalline wines with glints of pale gold, Mâcon-Fuissé whites are discreet at first before gradually opening up to reveal floral aromas of hawthorn, honeysuckle, and mock orange. In the mouth, they are forthright, evoking a sophisticated grain of limestone. The finish is lively, acidulated, and long. They combine an indulgent aromatic structure with purity, like a compromise between the cheerfulness of a Mâcon and the minerality of a wine from the north of the region.

Wine Steward’s Tip

For a perfect flavor combination given the liveliness of this wine on the tongue, opt for an appetizer like a creamy leek tart or risotto verrine. Then allow its acidulated structure to cut through the parsley butter of razor fish à la plancha, gratinated oysters, or snails.
Serving temperatures: 10-11°C as an aperitif, 11-12°C with food

Situation

In the center of a natural green amphitheater, the territory of Fuissé is clearly delimited by the crease in the limestone hillside whose eastern and western summits adjoin respectively the Mâcon-Loché and Saint-Véran appellations in the village of Chasselas.


At the foot of the Bois de la Roche woods flows the source of the Romanin stream, said to be inexhaustible. Its name may evoke the antique origins of this rural settlement, but Fuissé is also the historic heart of the production of white wines in the Mâconnais, when they were dispatched to the nascent Paris market from the 18th century onwards.

The existence of the Les Chardonnets Climat, the spelling of which was still being used in the first half of the 20th century to describe the varietal, reminds us of its early presence. As such, writers during this period described this vein of white wine in Fuissé as an artery of gold through the vineyards otherwise widely planted with Gamay. This precedence has allowed Fuissé to legitimately claim usage of the name of the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation whilst retaining a complementary identification in the Mâcon appellation.

Terroirs

At the southern end of the longest range in the Mâconnais, the vineyards of Mâcon-Fuissé can be found on either side of the Pouilly-Fuissé area. At the western extremity, the plateau near the Bois des Fousses wood at 280 meters above sea level enjoys regular sunshine throughout the day.

To the west, the plateau of Le Bois Denis at 417 meters above sea level, which runs alongside the vines of Chasselas, has the same aspect with a climate where sunshine hours are around 1,600 annually, compared to 1,400 in the central Mâconnais.
These vines, located on the edge of the Pouilly-Fuissé, Saint-Véran, and Mâcon-Loché appellations, to the west and on the summit of the Bois de la Roche, at 350 meters above sea level, grow on the same marl-limestone substrate from the Bathonian, with stones that break up into slabs on hot reddish-yellow soil.

To the east, the areas of Le Bois des Fousses and Le Bois de la Croix offer a more original geological make-up, composed of pink microgranites from the Hercynian bedrock that is mainly found near Vergisson.

At the heart of the terroirs of Mâcon-Fuissé

Bourgogne appellations

  • Category

    Regional Appellation

  • Wine-producing region

    VIGNOBLE DU MÂCONNAIS

  • Information

    An additional geographical denomination that is part of the Régionale Mâcon appellation in the Mâconnais. According to the 2005 specifications rules, the name Mâcon-Fuissé refers to white wines grown within a defined area in the village of Fuissé.

  • Production surface area

    Area under vine: 48 hectares

    Note: Average over three years 2016-2018

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