Our Wine Of The Week is Louis Jadot 2015 Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay. Maison Louis Jadot, founded in 1859, is a premier producer of Burgundy and Beaujolais wines found almost everywhere French wines are sold in America. Louis Jadot features the familiar Bacchus head label on all their wines, regardless of region, style or varietal.
The Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay is produced in the Maconnais area of southern Burgundy and sourced from multiple vineyards around Macon (see maps below). I was attracted to this wine by “100% unoaked” on the back label – my current Chardonnay profile preference. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks to bring out floral and fruit notes and is produced with 100% Chardonnay grapes. There is apple up front and slight minerality on the finish. It pairs nicely with all the foods you’d serve with a medium-bodied Chardonnay served well chilled. Alcohol: 13%. Retail price: about $20 in stores, comparable 2016 vintage about $14 on Wine.com, click to save: Louis Jadot 2016 Macon-Villages – Chardonnay White Wine.
The Mâcon Villages are a series of communities located in southern Burgundy – see brown area in top map and green area in the bottom map marked “Maconnais.”