> Marcel Couturier

Long thought of as a poor substitute for the great Chardonnay whites made further north in Burgundy, the Mâconnais area is experiencing a revival of sorts these days, with plenty of producers working hard to value the terroir of this region on its own terms. In particular, the cluster of appellations at the southern end of the region is the home to many great sites, which at their best produce structured, dense wines that have nothing to envy their more heralded Burgundian cousins.