The white wines of the Mâconnais seemed to withstand the solar onslaught of 2003 slightly better than their counterparts further north. That’s not to say, however, that it’s a resoundingly great vintage. Balance is the hallmark of all great wine, no matter where it comes from, and it is hard to say that many of these wines are beautifully balanced. The best do have some acidity, albeit of a very gentle kind, and the minerality of particularly stony vineyards can also act on occasion as ballast, filling the glycerousness out with chewy depth.

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