Mâconnais, Burgundy, France

Mâconnais: six of the best wineries to visit

Editor's pick: check out six of the best wineries to visit in Maconnais

☆ Bret Brothers & La Soufrandière, Vinzelles

La Soufrandière wines come from the Bret family vineyards, retrieved from the local co-op in 1998, now organic and biodynamic; Bret Brothers wines are from grapes grown locally under contract. Lively, long-lived wines.

☆ Domaine Barraud, Vergisson

Crisp, elegant, lightly oaked Pouilly- Fuissé and St-Véran from small parcels around Vergisson. Highlights include St-Véran en Crèches and Pouilly-Fuissé en Buland, from 78-year-old vines.

☆ Domaine de la Croix Senaillet, Davayé

Brothers Stéphane and Richard Martin make crisp Davayé Mâcon with instant citrus charm, sold under the Prince of Wales’s Highgrove label, and discreetly oaked Pouilly-Fuissé and St-Véran with impressive spice and sinew.

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☆ Merlin, La Roche Vineuse

Fine whites and spirited reds from the founders of Les Artisans Vignerons de Bourgogne du Sud. Don’t miss the quaffable La Roche Vineuse Maçon and powerful Clos des Quarts Pouilly-Fuissé.

☆ Jean-Pierre Michel, Clessé

Jean-Pierre gives a warm welcome, offering plump, keenly priced Mâcon-Villages and lively Viré-Clessé, some oaked, some not.

☆ Pascal & Sylvie Pauget, Ozenay

Standouts are Pascal’s funky Mâcon Rouge and plump Mâcon Blanc, grown in the tiny vineyard enclave of Préty.

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