The Mâ­con­nais at a glance

Decanter - - THE MACONNAIS -

Ge­ol­ogy Tilted lime­stone strata over­laid with clay and in­ter­min­gled with al­lu­vial ter­races Ge­og­ra­phy Chains of rolling hills around 400m-500m, run­ning par­al­lel to the River Saône Vine­yard area 6,900ha Av­er­age an­nual pro­duc­tion 45 mil­lion bot­tles (ap­prox­i­mately twice the pro­duc­tion of Bur­gundy’s Côte de Beaune, and three times that of the Côte de Nuits) Grape va­ri­eties Chardon­nay (92%), Ga­may and Pinot Noir Age­ing po­ten­tial Generic Mâ­con and Mâ­con-Vil­lages are best con­sumed in the near-term, but more se­ri­ous bot­tlings from the best pro­duc­ers will ben­e­fit from a few years’ cel­lar­ing to re­ally ex­pa­ti­ate, and they can con­fi­dently last for 10-15 years

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