outh of Côte Chalonnaise
is the Mâconnais (mah-kawn-NEH
) district, which extends southward for 30 miles, past the city of Mâcon and overlaps the northern edge of Beaujolais
. The three major appellations contained in this commune are Pouilly-Fuissé
. The Chardonnay
grape dominates this area and produces crisp, clean whites with flavors and aromas of apple, pear and lemon. There is very little oak influence in the Mâconnais; they allow the Chardonnay flavors to speak for themselves. The wines of Saint-Véran and Pouilly-Fuissé exhibit more ripeness and fullness than other whites produced in this region. The Mâconnais is looked upon as one of France’s greatest white wine values.