Beaujolais, Mâconnais, Côte Chalonnaise: a haven for affordable wines

The Beaujolais, Mâconnais and Côte Chalonnaise are three wonderful regions that offer a rich variety of fine wines at very affordable prices. Just to the south of Burgundy, these regions boast excellent terroirs and fine wines at unbeatable value for money, especially considering their neighbours in the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune.

Starting off in the northernmost region, the Mâconnais. The region is known mostly for its white wines, that generally have a rich and unctuous style, though we are also offering a selection of red wines: Mâcon-Cruzille Beaumont de Guillot-Broux, Mâcon-Burgy Terres Rouges from domaine Sainte-Barbe or a Mâcon-Verzé from Nicolas Maillet. Three lovely wines made with the Gamay grape. However this region is mostly known for its excellent white wines, represented by some of the most renowned winemakers in the region: Guffens-Heynen, Bret Brothers et La Soufrandière, Valette, les Héritiers du Comte Lafon, Ferret, Frantz Chagnoleau and Nicolas Maillet. With names like these, you can’t go wrong!

Next is the Côte Chalonnaise, an excellent alternative for lovers of Pinot Noir and Burgundian Chardonnay, as well as Aligoté, only permitted as a single-varietal wine in the Bouzeron appellation. This appellation alone offers the crème de la crème of producers, with Ramonet, A&P de Villaine and Jacqueson. In Rully, we recommend reds and whites alike, particularly those from A&P de Villaine, Dureuil-Janthial, Jaeger Defaix, David Moret, Claudie Jobard and les Rois Mages. Not far from there lies the Mercurey appellation, where you should look out for wines from Château de Chamirey, Michel Juillot and Domain Belleville. The latter is a new partner domain, who has just joined the iDealwine network. Further to the south, Givry deserves all of our attention: here, the most emblematic domains are Joblot, Domaine de la Ferté and Ragot. Last but not least, don’t finish your tour of the Côte Chalonnaise without tasting a wine from Montagny. If it’s from domain Leroy, even better…

The Beaujolais, a region entirely apart, is perfectly represented in this sale by its best ambassadors. When curating this selection, we tried to cover the diversity of this appellation, with fruity, fresh and light wines that are perfect at aperitif, as well as more structured wines for cellaring and natural wines… Tasting a wine from Yvon Métras is something everyone should do at least once in their life… Morgon and Moulin-à-Vent are the most powerful appellations whose wines can be enjoyed both in their youth and after a few years of cellaring. Marcel Lapierre, Jean Foillard and Georges Descombes are the most renowned winemakers in the appellation and important figures in the natural wine movement, all three disciples of Jules Chauvet. For a completely different style of Morgon, try a wine from Burgaud. In Moulin-à-Vent, Château des Jacques and les Terres Dorées are must-try. In the Côte de Brouilly, Château Thivin is an absolute favourite of ours, whose powerful and structured wines are very well-made. Domaine Desvignes is another top pick: we guarantee that you won’t be disappointed! 😊

As a bonus, when you buy 6 bottles in the sale, you’ll get a free map of the Beaujolais!

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