Jean Manciat Macon-Charnay 2016
Jean Manciat Macon-Charnay 2016 | $18.99/btl |$205.09/cs
Jean Manicent, a small Chardonnay producer in the Maconnais region of Burgundy, offers a wonderful alternative to the big wine houses that can churn out millions of cases a year. When Jean took over the winery, he left the wine coop that sold his family’s wine and struck out on his own. He transformed the winery by pruning the vines to produce smaller, higher quality yields, not to mention all of his grapes are hand-picked — a rarity in the region. The result, as embodied by his Macon-Charnay, is a purity and elegance unmatched by anyone for the price.
Upon tasting the Macon-Charnay, it would be easy to confuse this wine for a much pricier white Burgundy – class, elegance and purity all come to mind. Jean Manciat’s winemaking techniques include no herbicides whatsoever, and fermentation in stainless steel vats. On the nose this minimal intervention brings out beautifully pungent aromas of grassy white peach, lemon citrus and stoney nectarine. The palate is a lush blend of mineral citrus fruit, yellow apple and lovely acidity capped by a creamy finish. An excellent pairing would be Crispy Eggplant with Heirloom Tomatoes and Buffalo Burrata from our cheese counter.
Maconnais is a sub-region of southern Burgundy, just South of the Cote de Beaune. The appellation is called Macon, which is the name used for most wines made here. The white wines are almost exclusively all Chardonnay. Sometimes, when the village where the wine is made is known to have higher quality vines, the producers add the village name to the label on the bottle. In this case, Jean Manciat makes wine from Macon-Charnay, Macon being the appellation and Charnay being the village where his vines are.