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Chateau des Bois Macon Milly-Lamartine 2014

Chardonnay from Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    Winemaker Notes

    Aged in small capacity tanks until bottling. From golden yellow straw color, Macon Milly-Lamartine reveals very floral aromas. Dry and mineral, it reveals the hints of white flowers on the palate while menthol nuances appear on the finish.
    Chateau des Bois suggests you enjoy this wine with aperitifs or with poultry, risotto, fish, snail and goat’s cheese.

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    Chateau des Bois, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    Chateau des Bois is located in the commune of Sologny in Southern Burgundy at the junction of the Mâcon and Cluny. This impressive Chateau was built in the early 1800's, but it is also rich in medieval history as it is located not far from the prestigious Cluny Abbey.
    Xavier Greuzard, who is the son of Isabelle and Vincent Greuzard of Chateau de la Greffiere, and his wife Lucie, acquired this property in 2012 because the vines are in Milly Lamartine - one of the best terroirs of the Maconnais with it's clay-limestone soil and close proximity to the famous Roche de Solutre. Xavier is as hard-working as his parents and is a very promising young vigneron

    Maconnais

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    These are the fun, fruit-driven and lively Chardonnays of white Burgundy, often offering some fantastic values and options that you don’t have to cellar. Flavors range from fresh green apple and lemon to melon or pineapple; some of the best are fleshy and mineral driven or balanced by a light touch of oak.

    Mâconnais Chardonnay may have the weight of their more serious Côte de Beaune sisters, but not quite the refinement. Still, this appellation is one of the best ways to jump from California Chardonnay to something new and begin to understand white Burgundy.

    The Mâconnais region is warmer and drier than the rest of Burgundy to its north (Côte d’Or) and has a landscape of rolling hills and farmland interspersed among vineyards. The region produces a lot of Chardonnay—Viré-Clessé and Pouilly-Fuisse are among the best—and a very small amount of red wine from Gamay and Pinot noir. The soils of Mâconnais remain limestone dominant like in the Côte d’Or, making it a wonderful spot for Chardonnay to thrive. Gamay's home of Beaujolais lies just to the south.

    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 is grown and how it is made. While practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

    In the Glass

    When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

    Perfect Pairings

    Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy 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. In Burgundy, the subregion of Chablis, while typically employing the use of older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy its lighter style.

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