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2010 Louis Jadot Macon Blanc Villages
June 17, 2011 - Norman Bentley
The house of Louis Jadot, founded in 1859, has been providing the world with good French wine at a decent price for about one hundred and fifty years now. While I haven't been around that long, I have been around long enough to have sampled a few hundred of their wines over the years, and the Macon Villages has always been a personal favorite.
There are forty three communes within the Maconnais which are allowed to use the term Macon Villages for the Chardonnay which they produce. The soil there is rich in limestone, which imparts a distinctive mineral flavor to the wine. The Louis Jadot Macon Blanc Villages is made from grapes sourced from these forty three different areas.
The 2010 Jadot Macon is typical of the Chardonnay produced there. The nose is bright and delicate with floral notes. The wine has been fermented in stainless steel to bring out the zesty fruit flavors of apples, melon, and a hint of citrus. The finish is clean with no cloying aftertaste, and no oak presence, of course, because of the stainless steel fermentation.
We enjoyed this bottle of wine with a delightful shrimp and pasta dish, served with a sauce of wasabi and ginger. The Jadot Macon was an excellent companion with enough backbone to stand up to the wasabi and ginger, and a finish which was not overbearing.
This would also be a great back porch sipper on these hot summer nights. Norm's score is 87.
Price: $11 to $15
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