February 23, 2009

Burgundy Week: '06 Macon-Lugny "Les Charmes"

To kick off "Burgundy Week" we are going to start light and work our way to more complex, just like we would at a wine tasting. So, let's get this party buzzing...

What are we drinking? 2006 Macon-Lugny "Les Charmes"

Where is it from? Macconais

Grape use? Chardonnay

Cost? $10-$14

Where To Buy? Wine.com

Within the southern region of Burgundy, lies Maconnais, an area that harvests reds, whites and roses predominately made from Chardonnay, Gamay and Pinot Noir grape varietals. Maconnais is recognized for well-made wines at reasonable prices, so it was only appropriate we try just that... though I wouldn’t suggest it unless you are particularly partial to French Chardonnays. 

For more advanced Winobees, go ahead and call me a wine snob (or just plain American), but I’m partial to the stereotypical Cali Chards which boast a more tropical underpinning. If I’m going to drink a chardonnay (which I don't necessarily prefer if I'm picking a white), I expect it to be colorful in flavor, sweet on the tongue, and pleasing to my nose.

The’06 Macon-Lugny “Les Charmes” is a very bland, even sticky-like wine that exhibits a very earthy smell, and little to no fruit flavorings. All in all its a wine where the acidity clearly overpowers its fruitful roots. The only thing that helped make this wine a bit better was pairing it with a soft goat-cheese, which helped to eliminate some of the minerality from the taste.   

PS- Have you had this wine? If so, post a comment about your experience! We had a great convo going on Twitter yesterday about preference to Cali Chards vs. French Chards. What are your thoughts?

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Tony said...

The nice thing about this particular bottle is that it's widely available at Whole Foods, one of the (very few) good wines there that aren't wildly overprices, IMO...tres bien fait, Mlle Abeille!