The Macon wines are light, crisp, fresh, fruity, and floral. When young, they are appreciated for their vitality, freshness, and tartness. These easy-going wines are synonymous with pleasure and celebration. Simple to understand and appreciate, they are not only attractive, but also represent the sort of pleasure one can enjoy every day, at an outdoor lunch, as an aperitif with friends, with a picnic on a river bank, etc.
In the Glass
When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.
Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.