Some would say that the wines of Macon are the purest expression of Chardonnay on Earth. While saying anything is the best invariably invites opposing comments, it is fair to say that these wines are exceptional, and they do offer some of the best values one could find.
The Macon region is in the southern tip of Burgundy. You don't have to travel too far north to reach the exalted villages of Meursault and the Montrachets, considered the cradle of Chardonnay. But, the Maconaise have never been concerned with that. They were perfectly content making lovely wines at prices that were a fraction of their northern neighbors' prices.
Two such local winemakers are Anne-Francoise and Jean-Marie Pidault, who had been growing Chardonnay on their own land since 1995. In 2008, they took over management of Chateau de Pierreclos, and in 2013, completely converted the 20-acre vineyard to be certified organic.
These wines generally see no oak and are typically lower in alcohol. This combination allows the grape and the soil to shine, which is exactly what the Pidaults strive for.
It is also exactly what we have in this selection. Pierreclos is a sub-region of Macon, singled out because of its superior location and soil. It is immediately evident in the perfumed nose that signals green and red apple along with hints of tropical fruit, peach and guava. Its lime-zest infused finish just completes the cycle from sublime to more sublime.