Marie Pierre Manciat

Marie-Pierre Manciat was born into a family of vignerons that have been making wine since 1871. From a very young age, she spent her school vacations in the cellars and vineyards, soaking up knowledge and experience, all of which helped her when she took over the reins of her family's estate in 2002 and became a sixth-generation winemaker. Her family has instilled in her a strong sense of tradition, time-honored winemaking practices, and the value of quality over quantity.

Her father, Claude Manciat, was one of the top producers in the Maconnais area. Up until the early 1980s when he took over, the Manciat wines were mainly sold in bulk to local negociants, but Claude decided that he wanted to focus on making and bottling his own wines. Due to his meticulous viticulture and vinification techniques, he has been able to attain a high level of quality, translating into exceptional purity and texture apparent in the wines produced. In addition to practicing sustainable agriculture, the Manciats are among the few remaining vignerons in the Macon that still harvest by hand.

Before taking over for her parents, Marie-Pierre had her own pet project, named Lacrochette-Manciat, which she started in 1991. Initially she rented vineyards; then, year after year, she was able to start purchasing parcels, which now amount to 9 hectares. Since taking over for her parents, Marie-Pierre has set her sights high and has tried to better the estate. She now maintains 22 hectares with every bit of the passion she began with, and each year it is reaffirmed with the birth of a new vintage. As she says, this job teaches you to be humble every day--winemakers simply help develop what nature gives them.

She also believes in the importance of being respectful of terroir. She believes that the soil greatly affects the grapes, and that the resulting wine is a direct representation of quality of the soil. Marie-Pierre lets each area express itself according to its personality, and each of her wines are aged differently, in either stainless steel tanks or oak barrels. In the end, she believes that wine is above all else, a refreshing drink. This is why she strives to create a harmony between depth, complexity, minerality, and drinkability in all of her wines.

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M-P Manciat Pouilly Fuisse les Petites Bruyeres 2017
“This bright wine has peach, lemon, and honey aromas. On the palate, there are hints of lemon and tangerine. Crisp, tart, medium-bodied, and zesty.”
Item Number: 30427
Bottle:$20.95
Case: $251.40
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Marie-Pierre Manciat Cremant de Bourgogne NV
91  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 91"The dry, sparkling non-vintage Cremant de Bourgogne (100% Chardonnay) offers up notes of orange blossoms, tangerine oil and lemon rind. Fresh, lively, medium-bodied, penetrating and long, this is a sensational value in sparkling Chardonnay."
Item Number: 13199
Bottle:$16.95
Case: $203.40
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Marie-Pierre Manciat Macon Les Morizottes 2015
87  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 87  "The 2015 Mâcon Morizottes has a rich and slightly honeyed bouquet that needs to demonstrate a little more terroir, although stylistically it is in keeping with the vintage. The palate is smooth and honeyed with flecks of white chocolate and ginger, an easy-drinking Mâcon with

Marie-Pierre Manciat Macon Les Morizottes 2012
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89  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 89 "The 2012 Macon Morizottes is a little delight. The bouquet is very attractive: fresh pear and touches of grapefruit and fresh melon at first, then later spicier scents emerge and add another layer of complexity. The palate is well-balanced, with plenty of citrus fruit, fresh

Marie-Pierre Manciat Pouilly - Vinzelles 'Les Longeays' 2011
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90"The 2011 Pouilly Vinzelles Les Longeays exhibits lots of zesty acidity along with crushed rock, lemon butter, honeyed melon and grapefruit characteristics. This medium-bodied, deep white reveals no evidence of wood."

M-P Manciat Pouilly Fuisse les Petites Bruyeres 2011
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92  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 92 "The finest of this quartet is the 2011 Pouilly Fuisse Les Petites Bruyeres, which cuts a broader, more savory mouthfeel. Full-bodied with good minerality as well as lots of flesh and plenty of buttery citrus intermixed with tangerine oil, poached peach and white currant notes.

Marie-Pierre Manciat Macon Morizottes 2011
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91  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 91"Another killer bargain is the 2011 Macon Les Morizottes. It reveals notes of wheat thins, brioche, caramelized citrus and buttery white peaches in a fresh, medium-bodied, fruity, dry, unoaked style."