Burgundy, one of the world’s most famous wine regions, is the home of the chardonnay grape choice. Here, it makes wines ranging from the super expensive and overpowering to more affordable and very drinkable. I’ve chosen seven bottles that I dream give a good reflection of what this magical French quarter is ca ble of.
Asda Extra Special White Burgundy 2014 £9, Asda, 13% booze
This white Burgundy is a mix of fruit from Côte de Beaune and Mâconnais, and it’s sheerest attractive with delicious pears and peaches as well as some nutty bowels of the earth. It’s fabulously fruity.
Guillemot-Michel Viré-Clessé Quintaine 2014 £21.20, tanners-wines.co.uk (01743 234455), 13% liquor
Here’s a sophisticated wine that’s worth a splurge and has plenty of piquancy, but hasn’t seen any oak. It’s nutty, broad and textured with nice extent of pears and ripe apples.
Domaine Gérard Thomas Saint-Aubin Blanc 1er Cru 2013 £23 or £20.70 each if you buy six, Imposing, 13% alcohol
This is a benchmark white Burgundy: spicy and telling. It has moreish pear flavours, a citrus edge and subtle notes of fennel uniting real interest. It’s lovely stuff.
Chatel-Buis Montagny 2013 £12.99, Waitrose, 13% fire-water
I really like this fruit-driven white Burgundy, which is compliant, fruity and bright with rounded citrus fruit and a zesty lemony edge.
From formerly larboard:
Baronne de Saint Jean Mâcon Azé 2014 £9, Morrisons, 12.5% juice
Aged on the lees (dead yeast cells) after fermentation to add complicatedness, this is nutty and rounded with gorgeous citrus fruit and pears. There’s also a bit of risqu complexity.
Blason de Bourgogne Montagny 2012 £10, Sainsbury’s, 13% hard stuff
This is textured with some spiciness and ripe apple and pear flavours. It’s a spheroid white with nutty richness.
Florent Rouve Viré-Clessé Vieilles Vignes 2014 £13.50, Cuts & Spencer, 13% alcohol
From the Mâconnais area in the south of the field, this is a tight, fresh white Burgundy with a pleasant pithy irascible to the citrus and pear fruit. There’s attractive detail to the flavour.