Burgundy, France, $21.99
We instantly fell in love with this Chardonnay for it's old world charm and it's new world brightness. Yes, it walks a line, but steady and true. A brilliant lemon-gold in the glass, Michel’s Macon-Villages casts a complex citrus-kissed bouquet of white flowers, lemongrass and limestone minerals. The wine’s rich, layered palate is packed with impressions of hazelnuts, honeysuckle and golden delicious apples. On the long finish, hints of orange blossom honey with elements of smokey char from the oak. This is a sensational Macon that delivers the kind of depth, complexity and character usually reserved for the grander terroirs of the Cote de Beaune.
The Michel family has been producing Mâconnais wines for six generations in the village of ‘Cray.’ Since 1998, when the Viré-Clessé appellation was created, the Michels have produced a lineup of four Viré-Clessés and a small amount of Mâcon-Villages from vines they own just outside of Viré-Clessé. Their total exploitation amounts to 37 acres. 100% Chardonnay is planted on clay-limestone soils. The average age of the vines is 50 years.