In good white wine vintages, the Duboeuf Flower Label Macon Villages is nearly always a good choice for value and quality. In the tradition of Macon, it's an unpretentious, unoaked version of Chardonnay for every day drinking.
The 2005 displays strong fruit--ripe but with good balancing acidity. The aroma is low key but opens up nicely with scents of flowers, white peaches, citrus and spice. The spice is an elusive quality of Chardonnay that I like. This wine is medium to light bodied and pleasantly soft on the palate. Like some more expensive white Burgundies, it offers a hint of almonds and hazelnuts on the finish.
My favorite Macons are those of Domaine Deux Roches (particularly the Macon Davaye and the generic Collovray and Terrier), but they have escalated in price recently. At $9 to $11, this widely available Duboeuf offering works well.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Georges Duboeuf Macon Villages Chardonnay, 20005
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