Last month Trey, Alex and I had the opportunity to visit Mireille Renaud at her property in the Macon. She runs this 50 acre property with her husband Pascal making very high quality Chardonnay. Since we buy these wines direct from the property, they are also a spectacular value. If you like clean, expressive, easy to drink white Burgundy, these wines are bound to impress.
The fastest selling wine from this property is the 2014 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Solutré ($13.99) which matches fine peachy richness to excellent, near Chablis like minerality. I love the bright back end cut of this high class Chardonnay. Your guests will never guess this is a sub $20 wine… It has fantastic balance and poise!
The 2014 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Charnay ($13.99) is the best crossover wine from California to Burgundy in the whole store. It has all of the plump richness that people love in California wine, but without the oak, residual sugar or excessive alcohol. This is our number one recommendation for party Chardonnay, as it will be plenty refreshing while still having the breadth and richness that people love. It is great for a mixed group and inexpensive enough for Tuesday night!
While not marked as such on the label, the 2014 Domaine Renaud St-Véran ($18.99) is a single vineyard wine. All of the fruit comes from the Champs de Perdrix site in St. Veran. This is very luscious for white Burgundy, with plenty of ripe, round rich white fruit and plenty of body. Fans of bigger wines will be very pleased with this big style St. Veran. Don’t worry, it still finishes dry!
The jewel in the crown of our Renaud selection is the 2014 Domaine Renaud Pouilly-Fuissé "Cuvée Vieilles Vignes" ($19.99) which comes from vineyards that are 50-80 years old. This ripe, perfumed, exotic beauty of a Chardonnay has a soft feel in the mouth, but stays marvelously light bodied. If you are looking for a classy white Burgundy experience that doesn’t cost a mint, this is it!
A toast to you!