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Mâconnais

Historical landscape and former county in the department of Saône-et-Loire in the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, whose name derives from the city of Mâcon. It is part of the Burgundy wine-growing region. The Roman poet Ausonius (310-395) already mentioned the wines from this region. In the 11th and 12th centuries, the Cistercians planted vines here on a larger scale. The area became famous in 1660, when the winegrower Claude Brosse delivered wine to the royal palace in Versailles and there, at a fair, caught the eye of the French "Sun King" Louis XIV (1638-1715) because of its unusual size. The king approached him, tasted his wine after the fair and was so enthusiastic that the royal court was regularly supplied with it. A small but essential part of the landscape for viticulture is called Haut-Mâconnais. This part roughly corresponds to the boundaries of the former canton of Lugny with its capital Lugny.

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