From the Wine Shop
Maurice Martin, Mâcon-Villages Mâconnais, Burgundy, France 2019 (750mL)
Maurice Martin is one of the true trailblazers of the Mâconnais —the first-generation growers who converted this long-overlooked region into a bastion of serious, site-specific Chardonnays combining density, steely minerality, and aromatic complexity. This wine carries the unpretentious Mâcon-Villages appellation and a bargain price tag, but I defy even the most seasoned Burgundy lover to taste this blind and not think it was from some “fancier” appellation in the Côte de Beaune.
Aromas of honeysuckle, apple blossom, and dusty herbs jump forward with hovering hints of acacia and lemongrass. The silky palate broadens nicely, supported by flavors of citrus, ripe green apple, fresh melon, and lees. The wine finishes with sneaky balance and tension generated by its perfectly framed acidity. Richard and Stéphane Martin are amongst the growing percentage of the Mâconnais’s smaller producers favoring quality over quantity. Armed with organic viticulture, lower yields, and natural winemaking, they are exploiting less-sun drenched sites—picking earlier and with greater precision. Simply put, the wines are more vibrant and meaningful than ever.
- RegionMâconnais, Burgundy
- SoilLimestone and Clay
- FarmingCertified Organic
- OakAll Stainless Steel Tanks
- Temp.Serve at 45-50° F
- GlasswareAll Purpose/Burgundy Stems
- PairingPappardelle with Chicken Ragù, Fennel and Peas
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