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Frédéric Maignet, Consultant Oenologist talking with Grégory Barbet, President, in the cellars while sampling red wines

Mâcon-Villages 2020

Mâconnais
  • 75cl bottle

A classic Mâcon-Villages from mainly limestone vineyards, aged on its fine lees for 6-8 months. Lively and charming with floral and fruity characters, with notes of lemon fruit on the finish.

Vineyards

The wine-producing soil of Mâconnais is mainly soft limestone over layers of marl, loam and broken pebbles.

Vintage

A relatively dry and mild winter combined with a warm start to spring led to an early bud burst. We escaped spring frost on the 1st and 2nd of April with temperatures of -2 °C. Our vineyards were not impacted because the soil was dry. After a few cooler days in mid-May, flowering was quickly over, under ideally dry and warm weather. The summer started well but with a significant water deficit. July 2020 was the third driest July since 1964 (after 1993 & 2015). Fortunately, there was a significant rainfall on the 15th of July followed by a heat wave from the 20th of July with a few storms around the areas of Saint-Amour and Juliénas. Yet, there were big disparities in rainfall from one village to another. Both heat waves that were recorded from July 25th to August 2nd and from August 10th to 21st, followed by 2 days of strong southerly wind which withered or even parched some grapes, especially the ones with western exposure. Rainfall on 29th and 30th August arrived just at the right time to fill the grapes just before harvest. The resulting grapes were beautiful, the vineyards were very healthy and the vines completed phenolic maturation peacefully. The harvest continued with sunny days and cool nights. Perfect conditions to allow for a good or perhaps even great vintage.

Winemaking

The grapes are crushed and pressed before fermentation at controlled low temperatures. It is then aged on lees and bottled after 6-8 months.

Enjoy with:

  • Grilled and Roasted White Meats
  • Fish/Shellfish
  • Pizza/Pasta
  • Salads and Picnics
  • Mild Creamy Cheeses
A lovely accompaniment to shellfish, fish and starters and excellent as an apéritif.