Louis Max Macon-Villages 2014

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About This Wine

TERROIR
The Macon-Villages production area is located in the
Maconnais vineyard, near the town of Macon in the
south of Burgundy. The soils contain a lot of limestone,
but there are also sandy or clay-based soils on this
vineyard.

GRAPE VARIETY

100% Chardonnay

WINEMAKING

Manual harvest and strict sorting of the grapes.
Traditional winemaking.

WINE TASTING

Beautiful brilliant yellow robe, with green hints.
Fresh fruits in the nose, especially citrus note
(grapefruit lemon) with a powerful floral aroma.
Dry and fresh, with a lot of fruit flavors bursting in the
mouth, this is a well-balanced wine, with a good length.

FOOD PAIRING

Pairs well with seafood dishes, grilled fishes, poultries,
veal and pressed cheeses.

SERVICE TEMPERATURE AND AGEING

Wine to be served chilled at 11°C .
After an ageing of 3 to 4 years, this wine will develop
more complex aromas.

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Country France
Region Burgundy
Brand Louis Max
Vintage 2014

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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