Les Charmes Macon-Lugny Chardonnay 2019

Les Charmes

Les Charmes Macon-Lugny Chardonnay 2019

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From Burgundy we've brought you this beautifully balanced, velvety Les Charmes Macon-Lugny Chardonnay. We've had it, we love it, and we think it's an incredible value. Swish it around in a chilly ice bucket before you open it, and then luxuriate in your first glass with a platter of Malpeque oysters with a shallot mignonette. Donc, tellement délicieux. The acidic side of this fresh French white is made for all creatures of the sea. As for the entree, the refreshing floral, fruit and citrus notes, gossamer-like spiciness and rich nature of this Simonnet-Febvre will all go fabulously with white fish, shellfish, chicken and more. One thing you won't taste in it: oak. This fabulous Francais was aged in stainless steel only... One of our top choices is grilled chicken and shrimp kebabs with lemon and garlic. The purity and hint of citrus in Les Charmes is lovely with butter sauces, so we suggest a French classic: sole Meunière. And if you're feeling like some deluxe comfort food, we say there is nothing like a lobster pot pie. Its creamy filling will be perfect opposite bright freshness of this Chardonnay. Finally, we have the perfect excuse for opening another bottle: a French Petite Mothais goat cheese. It sits on a chestnut leaf, and will wrap up the meal like a pro as the finish of the wine goes on and on... If dessert is what you prefer, we won't begrudge you a flakey-crusted apricot tart. Eh bien, qu'est-ce que vous attendez winelovers?!

Wine Advocate on the Cave de Lugny, which makes Les Charmes: "Sitting down for my morning croissant in Macon, I could not help overhearing the adjacent table where discussions upon impending negotiations were in progress with a producer. I introduced myself at the end of breakfast and discovered that the meeting was with one of the major co-operatives, Cave Co-operative de Lugny. It was founded in 1927 and according to Jasper Morris’s “Inside Burgundy,” became the largest producer of Burgundy wine, which to put figures on that, equates to 30% of Maconnais wines from their 1,200 hectares of Chardonnay. Of course, I had no idea whether I had tasted their wines or not since I was conducting the tastings blind, but I was pretty sure that such a significant producer would have submitted samples. And I am so glad that I did taste them blind because there is a prejudice against co-operatives that are viewed as “The Man,” factories that stand opposed to our fixation upon romantic ideas of the struggling artisan supporting his family. What is in the glass counts and I was pleasantly surprised to find many of their wines performing above expectations. They serve as ambassadors to the region for many who might be trying Macon for the first time. Most of these wines see no oak contact and as you can see, whereas some years ago there doubtless would have been a mass-produced “Macon Villages,” they are now zoning in on sub-regions with a commendable degree of success."~Neal Martin, Aug 2013

Winery: "The nose explodes with floral and fruity aromas mixed (notes of hazelnut, honey, acacia and citrus), followed by a wonderful balance between acidity and sweetness with a marked freshness. The structure and slightly spicy flavor of Les Charmes makes it unique among Maconnais wines. The mouth has great finesse. It is a rich wine, full and velvety. The wine is still very aromatic and very fresh after aging. Serve with appetizers, pastries, petits fours, fish, frogs' legs, snails and poultry."

Bottle: 750ml, screw cap
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.0%
Aging: stainless steel vats
Region: Lugny, Burgundy-Maconnais, France

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