Macon is the name for the red and white wines which come from the Mâconnais section of Burgundy, France. This region is the most southerly in Burgundy, and also the largest.
There are 42 villages in the Mâconnais region, broken out into seven designations: Macon, Macon Superieur, Macon Village, Pouilly Fuissé, Pouilly Loche, Pouilly Vinzele, and Saint Veran.
Pouilly Fuissé is the most highly regarded region in the Maconnais area. Only Chardonnay grapes can be grown here and it is only around 2,100 acres large. They are normally aged in the barrel for a year and can be aged in the bottle for a few years before drinking.
The majority of wines from Macon are red wines, using the gamay noir, pinot noir, and pinot gris grapes. These are light wines, and should be drunk young. They go well with red meats and mild cheeses.
The remainder are (of course) white wines, from the pinot blanc and chardonnay grapes, with a light, fruity taste. They should also be drunk relatively young - 2 to 4 years. These go well with seafood and poultry.