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Macon Wine

Macon is the generic appellation for red, white and rose wines from the Maconnais sub-region of southern Burgundy. In contrast to location-specific appellations like Pouilly-Fuisse, Macon wines come from all over the Maconnais and are representative of a particular style and quality, rather than a particular terroir.

The Maconnais landscape, over Vergisson
( BIVB / Armellephotographe.com)

A number of communes within the appellation's catchment area have been recognized as sources of higher-quality wines and may append their names to 'Macon' on their labels. The best-known of these is probably Macon Lugny. While all of these communes may use their names on white wine labels, only two-thirds of them produce red and rose wines of sufficient quality to earn this privilege.

Macon has historically been most famous for its red wines. During the 20th century, however, white wine production accelerated dramatically and now represents the large majority of Maconnais wines. These whites are produced exclusively from the quintessential Burgundian variety Chardonnay.

Red wines sold under the Macon appellation may be made from either Pinot Noir or Gamay. Those produced from Pinot Noir may also be marketed under the more-prestigious Bourgogne AC appellation; consequently, most red Macon wine is actually made from Gamay. This is not the case for rose Macon wines, which might be made from either variety or a combination of both.

Macon-Villages is a title reserved for white wines, while Primeur and Nouveau are suffixes which may be added to fresh-styled rose and white wines released shortly after harvest. To be exact, the law stipulates that these wines may be released 38 days before the third Thursday of November in the year of harvest. The term Superieur may be added to the titles of red or white Macon wines to denote a slightly higher alcohol level.

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Here are some wines produced in this region.
Wine Name
Grape 
Popularity
Domaine Leflaive Macon-Verze, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $35 2157
Louis Latour Macon-Lugny Les Genievres, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $15 7092
Domaine des Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon Milly-Lamartine, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $23 7437
Cave de Lugny Macon-Lugny Les Charmes, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $13 8226
Domaine des Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $25 9524
Domaine Talmard Macon Chardonnay, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $13 10669
Guffens-Heynen Macon-Pierreclos, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $51 11200
Marie-Pierre Manciat Macon Les Morizottes, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $15 13068
Louis Latour Macon-Lugny, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $15 13323
Cave de Lugny Macon Chardonnay, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $13 13782
Domaine Olivier Merlin Macon La Roche-Vineuse, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $18 14336
Guffens-Heynen Macon-Pierreclos Le Chavigne, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $38 14440
Domaine Alain Normand Macon La Roche-Vineuse, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $18 17901
Louis Jadot Macon, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $15 18242
Verget Macon Vergisson La Roche, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $20 18277
Chateau de La Greffiere Macon La Roche-Vineuse, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $16 19473
Domaine Chene Macon Milly Lamartine, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $20 19584
Guffens-Heynen Macon-Pierreclos Tri de Chavigne, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $50 20831
Verget Macon Charnay Le Clos Saint-Pierre, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $18 21085
Domaine Talmard Macon Uchizy, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $15 21409
Bouchard Pere & Fils Macon Lugny Saint-Pierre, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $15 21474
Domaine Raphael Sallet Macon Uchizy, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $13 21534
Louis Jadot Macon Lugny, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $16 22314
Domaine des Heritiers du Comte Lafon Macon Bussieres, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $26 22836
Dominique Cornin Domaine de Lalande Macon Chaintre, Burgundy, France Chardonnay $18 24947
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