Domaine PerraudSologny | Mâconnais | Burgundy
When we first visited the Mâconnais so many decades ago, we knew this was the mother lode. With the valley of Vergisson as its center, this region was teeming with forward-thinking winemakers, exceptional vineyards and expressive wines being offered for a mere fraction of the cost of Côte d’Or bottles.
Sourced from one of the region’s award-winning cooperative producers, our special selection of Mâcon-Villages hits all the sweet spots—older-vine, succulent fruit, a tangy minerality from the vineyard’s chalky soils, balanced alcohol and a price point that for the quality, seems criminal.
This is value Chardonnay with a soul, a high-quality blanc from one of France’s finest white-wine regions that will seduce and astound those who claim allegiance to Côte de Beaune whites.
“For wine lovers who enjoy Chardonnay for its minerality and its ability to convey nuances of soil and site—rather than simply for its capacity to carry new oak past the blood-brain barrier—there is no better source of wine today than the Mâconnais, especially if price is an issue.”—Stephen Tanzer
FARMING & WINEMAKING
We select older-vine fruit from a series of hillside vineyards that border the appellation of Saint-Veran, one of the region’s top appellations and terroirs. Soils here are very chalky, which gives the wine its lacy textural quality and tangy, sea-salt finish.
Grapes are whole-cluster pressed, fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks and then aged in tank; some 10 percent of the wine is aged in older French oak barrels on fine lees. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Mâcon-Villages Vieilles Vignes
The wine’s herbal and wildflower aromas remind of Puligny-Montrachet, while flavors of honeyed pear butter mix with candied citrus and Asian pears. One of the better values in white Burgundy you can find.
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