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Cave de Vire Macon Villages Vieilles Vignes 2014

Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    Winemaker Notes

    Yellow color with golden reflections, clear and crystalline. The nose has notes of linden and has beatiful intensity. The palate is fleshy and sumptuously balanced, with citrus flavors and an aromatic finish.

    This wine goes well with fish dishes.

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    Cave de Vire

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    Cave de Vire, Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    Cave de Vire was born in 1928 from a union of different producers to face the economic difficulties caused by the First World War and the Phylloxera.

    Cave de Vire has always been known for the production of its white wines and for the fact that it has been a forerunner in the field of commerce since it was the first wine cellar to retail in liter and to develop its export trade.

    La Cave de Sennece les Macon reinforced and supported the activity of Vire, which underwent urbanization and lost multiple surrounding areas and estates in 1995. A merger was carried out between the cellars, a fusion that would give birth in 1996 to the cellar The Chai de Sennece located in the center of the village of Sennece les Macon. Today, the Chai de Sennece offers all the products of the Cave de vire as well as a selection of Red and Rose wine.

    The Vire-Clesse appellation was created on November 5th, 1997 and became the 5th appellation of the Maconnais. It took 61 years of waiting for the alliance of winegrowers and for the villages Vire and Clesse.

    The Vire-Clesse produces four different communes: Vire, Clesse, Laize and Montbellet. Today, winemakers can be proud that the success of the AOP is theirs.

    At the end of the 2000's, Cave de Vire brought renovation to the heart of the village of Vire and developed its new space of production buildings. In 2009, Cave de Vire opened its space, a place dedicated to tasting and discovering their terroirs.

    Macon Villages

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    Crisp, balanced and delicately floral, Chardonnays from the Macon Villages are often made in the unoaked style and offer a magnificent sampling of what white Burgundy has to offer—without years of waiting and high dollar price tags.

    Within the greater Mâconnais, the Macon Villages wines are those within a few defined and optimally situated villages, either noted by the name Mâcon-Villages or as Mâcon followed by the name of the particular village, for example Viré, Lugny, Azé, Bray or Burgy.

    Commonly vinified in stainless steel or glass-lined concrete vats, these are mostly intended for consumption within a year or two of the vintage, though a few serious Mâconnais producers have turned their focus to smaller yields and barrel fermentation and maturation. Regardless, you can count on Macon Villages whites to be fresh and fruity with citrus and melon flavors, and aromas of white roses, honeysuckle, lemon-grass or fennel.

    This is a great region to explore if you already like California, Australian or Chilean Chardonnay.


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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’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

    In the Glass

    When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

    Perfect Pairings

    Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

    Sommelier Secret

    Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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