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Mâconnais

The Mâconnais is the most southerly terroir in the Burgundy winegrowing region, covering a 10km-wide strip of vines 35km long, between Sennecey-le-Grand and Saint-Vérand. The region nestles between two valleys, the Grosne to the west and the Saône to the east.

This is a winegrowing region with two faces. To the southwest of Tournus, the Monts du Mâconnais are a succession of wooded hilltops and little valleys, ideal for vine cultivation. Further to the south, the hills give way to a grandiose landscape that is dominated by some monumental stone outcrops, including those of Vergisson and Solutré. The vines can be found on the slopes where soil and sunshine permit.

Here, perhaps more than in any of the Bourgogne region's other winegrowing areas, the monks played a key role. The abbey of Cluny, founded in 909 by William I, Count of Mâcon, followed the Benedictine tradition with the principle of ora et labora (pray and labour), which drove the monks to create their own vineyards. It was, in part, in reaction to the wealth of Cluny that Robert de Moslesme founded the abbey of Cîteaux in 1098. Although the vines of Cluny were mainly located in the southern part of the current Burgundy winegrowing region, the monks also owned vines planted further north, notably the celebrated vineyard of Romanée-Saint-Vivant.

The Chardonnay grape is omnipresent in the Mâconnais. This white variety represents 80% of all vines planted in the region. For the red wines, Pinot Noir is largely supplanted by Gamay, which was not eradicated in the Middle Ages by the Duke of Bourgogne since the Mâconnais did not belong to the Duchy.

Across the whole of the Mâconnais, you can discover a full range of Appellations Régionales, including Bourgogne, Bourgogne Aligoté, Bourgogne Passe-Tout-Grains, Côteaux Bourguignons and Crémant de Bourgogne. Certain village appellations such as Pouilly and Saint-Véran are even applying to have their climats classed as premiers crus.

Mâconnais Appellations Villages:

Mâconnais Appellations Régionales:
  • Domaine Du Bicheron Mâcon-Péronne
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    Domaine Du Bicheron Mâcon-Péronne

    Domaine Du Bicheron

    Domaine Du Bicheron Macon-Peronne is a wine of true class at an everyday price. It displays all of the clarity that fine Mâcon Blanc can offer. The...

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  • Château-Fuissé Pouilly-Fuissé Tête De Cru
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    Château-Fuissé Pouilly-Fuissé Tête De Cuvée 2018

    Château-Fuissé

    Chateau-Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Tete De Cuvée is sweetly fruited and rich on the nose - very concentrated. The well-balanced palate is fresh, ripe an...

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  • Vincent Pouilly-Fuissé Marie-Antoinette 2012
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    Vincent Pouilly-Fuissé Marie-Antoinette

    Château-Fuissé

    Vincent Pouilly-Fuisse Marie-Antoinette is a tribute to Jean-Jacques’ mother, Marie-Antoinette Vincent. It is a pale yellow colour with hints of gr...

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  • Bourgogne Pinot Noir - Domaine du Bicheron 2018
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    Bourgogne Pinot Noir - Domaine du Bicheron 2018

    Domaine Du Bicheron

    A juicy and very easy drinking red Burgundy made purely from Pinot Noir. After the alcoholic fermentation the wine was transferred to barrels to ag...

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  • Château-Fuissé Pouilly-Fuissé Le Clos 2012
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    Château-Fuissé Pouilly-Fuissé Le Clos 2017

    Château-Fuissé

    Chateau-Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Le Clos 2017 sees toasted bread, fresh almonds and hints of fresh butter vie with floral, citrus and white orchard fr...

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  • Macon Peronne Cuvee Vieille Vignes - Domaine du Bicheron
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    Macon Peronne Cuvee Vieille Vignes - Domaine du Bicheron

    Domaine Du Bicheron

    This pure Chardonnay is made from the fruit of vines over 50 years of age where the quality of the harvest is first class. It's just a 2 hectare pl...

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  • Château-Fuissé Pouilly-Fuissé Tête De Cru 2011 Magnum
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    Château-Fuissé Pouilly-Fuissé Tête De Cru 2015 Magnum

    Château-Fuissé

    Chateau-Fuisse Pouilly-Fuisse Tete De Cru 2015 Magnum has a nose that is tightly coiled with subtly smokey, leesy aromas infused with acacia and le...

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