Domaine des Terres Gentilles, Tete de Cuvee, AOC/AOP Macon Lugny, Maconnais, Burgundy, 2013
This wine is in a series of 3 in descending quality:
The lie of the land
The Maconnais lies between the Cote Challonnaise to the north and the land of the Beaujolais crus to the south. It is hilly in the north with higher elevations to the south. Exposure is east through south on calcareous soils, with sand, clay and pebbles. Chardonnay represents 80% of plantings in the Maconnais, then gamay then pinot noir.
Village and regional appellations of the Maconnais
At the village level are: Pouilly-Fuissé, Pouilly-Loché, Pouilly-Vinzelles, Saint-Véran and Viré-Clessé.
At the regional level are: Mâcon, Mâcon-Villages, and Mâcon followed by the name of the village, so Macon Lugny.
This wine: Varietal chardonnay, Nomacorc closure, 12.5% abv, Majestic Wine, £9.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, of pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean of the nose, of medium intensity, youthful, with aromas of orchard fruit – ripe green apple and just ripe pear, a hint of grapefruit flesh, with a light whiff of apricot and a pinch of struck match.
Palate: a dry wine, with medium acidity, a low-key gummy grip, medium alcohol and a medium (-) body, medium (-) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of red dessert apple, a little apricot skin and grapefruit flesh. A medium (-) length with a clean lightly grippy apple/citrus finish.
Quality: a good quality wine, fruitily youthful with just balanced acidity and alcohol, which are harmonious with the modest intensity of flavour. There is no real concentration of flavour, and lacks complexity, with rather a range of low-key notes of lightweight intensity dominated by orchard fruit, supported by citrus. This is not unlike a modestly priced Prosecco gone flat, but similarly vinified at a modest temperature, to preserve the orchard fruit notes, in stainless steel (along with any minor ageing). The intensity follows through to the shortish length.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now, this is a quite simple wine with no significant character, fruit that will fade, and is not intended for ageing. It will hold for up to one year.