Louis Max Bourgogne Chardonnay 2016

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About This Wine


This wine is made from vineyards spread all over Burgundy,
from Chablis in the North to Macon in the South. This blend
combines Chablis’s crispiness and liveliness, Cote d’Or’s
roundness and strength, richness from the Côte Chalonnaise
and generous fruit flavors from the Maconnais. The vines are
conducted using the Guyot pruning, which permits a strict
yield control.

The soils are rich in limestone, where Chardonnay thrives.


100% Chardonnay

Manual harvesting, grape sorting before the vinification.
Fermentation in stainless steel tanks, with maturation in
oak barrels for 12 months for 20% of the cuvee, including
10% of new barrels.


Yellow gold brilliant robe, with beautiful green reflections.
A nose bursting with fresh fruits aromas, with notes of oaky
vanilla, honey and acacia.

Full and round in the mouth, with the same fresh fruits
flavors, and a lengthy finish.


Great as an aperitif, on starters like patés, pies or traditional
French foods like escargots, or cuisse de grenouille. Also goes
well with all fish dishes.


Wine to be served at 12°C.

This wine is ready to drink but will develop more sophisticated
aromas after an ageing of 2 years.

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Country France
Region Burgundy
Brand Louis Max
Vintage 2016

Wines from Burgundy

A legendary wine region setting the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide. In the Jurassic time period, the area was part of a vast, tropical sea. Over hundreds of millions of years, the seabed transformed into various layers of limestone, sandstone and clay soils that have entrapped the fossils of ancient sea creatures. These soils are the secret behind the zesty minerality that Burgundy wines are famous for.

Burgundy is probably the most terroir-centric wine region in France. Huge emphasis is placed on the specific vineyard, soil type, elevation, and angle of slope where the wines were made. This is reflected on the wine's labels where appellations are more prominently displayed compared to the producers’ names.

The most prestigious wines of the region come from a long and narrow escarpment called the Côte d'Or split into the Côte de Nuits to the north and the Côte de Beaune to the south. Côte de Nuits produces many of the world’s finest Pinot Noir’s, all but one of Burgundy’s red Grand Crus are made in this area. Whilst interestingly, the opposite is true for the Côte de Beaune where all but one of the Chardonnay Grand Crus are made. From this information it may seem you should be buying a Pinot from the North and Chardonnay from the south, that is only true for the pinnacle of Burgundian wines. Both outstanding reds and whites are produced throughout the Côte d'Or.

In Burgundy, they use a wine quality tier system that goes:
Grand Crus 1.4% of total production
Premier (1er) Crus 10.2% of total production
Appellations Villages 37.3% of total production
Appellations Regionales 51.1% of total production

When one refers to “Burgundy wines” they are usually talking about those produced in and around the Côte d'Or. While the Chardonnay’s from Chablis and the Gamay’s from Beaujolais are formally apart of the Burgundy wine region, those subregions are generally referred to by their own names rather than being considered “Burgundy wines”.

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