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Cave de Lugny Macon Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay 2012

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Winemaker Notes

The nose explodes with aromas of citrus, peach and apricot followed by a wonderful balance between acidity and sweetness with a marked freshness. The structure and slightly spicy flavor of Les Charmes makes it unique among Mâconnais wines. The wine is still veryaromatic and very fresh after the ageing.

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The 2012 Macon Lugny Les Charmes comes from 40-year-old vines on chalky soil. It has an attractive bouquet of apple-blossom and lime flower that is very well-defined and expressive with hints of Alpine stream and a touch of almond in the background. The palate is well-balanced with tangerine and orange zest on the entry, leading to some attractive honey notes toward the rounded, generous finish. Although it needs a little more tension to carry it off, this is an admirable Macon.
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Cave de Lugny is a cooperative of over 250 wine-growing estates and 1,500 hectares within the AOC Burgundy- Maconnais. Controlling approx 1/3 of production of Southern Burgundy and approx 50% of the total production of the Maconnais, Cave de Lugny is the #1 white wine producer in Burgundy.

As a cooperative, Cave de Lugny has full control over the care and management of its grapes from budburst to bottling. Unlike many of its competitors, who act as négociants, buying grapes from co-ops and growers, Cave de Lugny supports and oversees the growing, winemaking and marketing of members’ wines, ensuring consistent high quality.

Cave de Lugny makes a range of unoaked Chardonnays that are aged sur-lies and characterized by bright floral aromas, a round mouthfeel and complex mineral flavors imparted by the Mâconnais’ limestone-rich soil.

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A legendary wine region setting the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide, Burgundy is a perennial favorite of many wine lovers. While the concept of ‘terroir’ reigns supreme here—soil type, elevation and angle of each slope—this is a region firmly rooted in tradition. Because of the Napoleonic Code requiring equal distribution of property and land among all heirs, vineyard ownership in Burgundy is extremely fragmented, with some growers responsible for just one or two rows of vines. This system has led to the predominance of the "negociant"—a merchant who purchases fruit from many different growers to vinify and bottle together.

Burgundy’s cool, continental climate and Jurassic limestone soils are perfect for the production of elegant, savory and mineral-driven Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with plenty of acidity. Vintage variation is of particular importance here, as weather conditions can be variable and unpredictable. In some years spring frost and hail must be overcome.

The Côte d’Or, a long and narrow escarpment, forms the heart of the region, split into the Côte de Nuits to the north and the Côte de Beaune to the south. The former is home to many of the world’s finest Pinot Noir wines, while Chardonnay plays a much more prominent role in the latter, though outstanding red and white are produced throughout. Other key appellations include the Côte Chalonnaise, home to great value Pinot Noir and sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne. The Mâconnais produces soft and round, value-driven Chardonnay while Chablis, the northernmost region of Burgundy, is a paradise for any lover of bright, acid-driven and often age-worthy versions of the grape.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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