Mâcon-Villages

The vineyards of Bourgogne produce some great wines with a historical and international reputation. However, the region is not simply limited to its iconic appellations. In addition to its Village Premier Cru and Grand Cru AOCs, it also produces a range of wonderful Régionale and Village appellations to explore.


You will also find a full list of the Bourgogne’s Climats and lieux-dits on this page.


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  • Category

    Regional appellation

  • Wine-producing region

    VIGNOBLE DU MÂCONNAIS

  • Creation of the appellation

    31 juillet 1937

  • Coulour

    White wines - Chardonnay

  • Area under production*:
    1 hectare (ha) = 10,000 m2 = 24 ouvrées.
    3,345.82 ha including
    Mâcon: 84.33 ha.
    Mâcon Villages: 1,884.65 ha.
    Mâcon + name of the village:
    1,376.84 ha.
     

  • 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.
     

Wine Characteristics - Mâcon-Villages

Wine
Characteristics

The Mâconnais white wines are the colour of white or yellow gold or strawcoloured with gently glowing silvery or greenish highlights. To the nose, their aromas suggest broom, white roses, acacia, honeysuckle, fern, verbena, lemon-grass, and citrus fruits (grapefruit, mandarin oranges). In the mouth, the finish adds nuances of pine, quince and fennel. The impression on the palate varies according to each village and each terroir of origin. These wines are fresh and luscious as well as dry and well-fruited. They have good concentration backed by sufficient acidity to ensure their keeping qualities.
They are full and smooth in character.
 

Wine Steward’s Tip - Mâcon-Villages

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.
 

Situation - Mâcon-Villages

Situation


In this part of southern Bourgogne, the vines occupy a landscape of little hills and valleys that look as though they have been painted with a water-colorist’s brush. The hills of the Mâconnais extend over some 40 km from the Côte Chalonnaise to the Rock of Solutré and are bordered on one side by the river Saône and the Grosne on the other. Vines were first planted here in Gallo-Roman times and were fostered in the Middle Ages by the powerful abbeys of Tournus and Cluny. This charming landscape was celebrated by the poet Lamartine, one of its native sons. The town of Mâcon today maintains close connections with these serene and smiling vineyards. AOC Mâcon dates from 1937. White wines (Chardonnay) grown in the arrondissement of Mâcon and 11 neighboring communes are entitled to the appellations MÂCON, MÂCON VILLAGES, or MÂCON plus the name of the village.

Terroirs - Mâcon-Villages

Terroirs

Separated by a series of parallel faults, the hills of the Mâconnais are linked along axes which give them either a north/north-westerly or a south/southeasterly exposure. The vines take readily to these hillsides. Limey or calcic brown rendzinas suit the long-keeping Chardonnay. Elsewhere, flinty sands and clays often mixed with calcium rich rocks or sandstone pebbles favor the ready to drink Chardonnay.

 

A general overwiew of the Mâcon appellation

Geographical denomination: The first step towards the notion of terroir – Focus Mâcon

List of "Climats et Lieux-dits"
for this appellation

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