2019 Mâcon Lugny St Pierre, Bouchard Pere et Fils, Burgundy, France
Mâcon-Lugny is a village appellation growing in the wider area of Mâcon-Villages appellation, and located in the middle of an area formed by Mâcon, Cluny and Tournus. The vineyard combines different exposures that result in different levels of earliness for the grapes. The terroir is for a great part made of limestonefrom the Jurassic era that is perfect for the Chardonnay, but there are also flint clay soils and marls. They all contribute to give the wines their freshness and fruity aromas, as well as their rounded caracter. Grapes were slowly pressed and after settling the must at low temperature, the fermentation takes place in temperature controlled vats so to preserve the freshness and natural fruitiness of the Chardonnay. Then the wine is aged partly in vats and partly in oak barrels in order to emphasize its structure and give it more richness. The proportion of vat and oak is our winemaker's secret; he works in accordance with the vintage to make the grapes and its terroir outstand in the wine.
This is a great little white Burgundy. There is a touch of oak in the background, but the emphasis is very much on freshness and minerality. This elegant white Burgundy is very good for the money
2017 Saint Aubin 1er Cru Blanc, Vignes Moingeon, Billard, Burgundy, France
This wonderful St Aubin is a rich and seductive combination of exotic tropical fruit and buttery rich texture. It's very classic white Burgundy, made following traditional methods and is exactly how great Burgundy should be. This is a wine that will elevate succulent fish and white meat dishes to epic levels.
2018 Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc, Domaine Billard, Burgundy, France
This delicious, barrel fermented white Burgundy is yet another exceptionally well priced wine from Jerome Billard. The barrel fermenting gives it the opulence and richness to mark it out as a true white Burgundy, unlike too many simple Bourgogne blancs. It might not quite be a Meursault, but serve it blind to your guests and they may well believe that this weighty, mouth-filling Burgundy is from a far grander village.
2014 Meursault 1er Cru Le Poruzots, Chartron et Trebuchet
Chartron et Trébuchet's Meursault 1er Cru Poruzots is aged 18 months in oak (50% new). It is light in colour but explosive in character. Bringing intense aromas and flavors of fresh citrus, wood, chalky minerals and some buttery notes. The fruit is so pure and focused, showing wonderful intensity with an elegant, yet delicious finish. This is very well-crafted with both new and old-world qualities and indicates excellent potential for cellaring.
2018 Chassagne Montrachet. F & L Pillot, Burgundy, France
This Chassagne promises great finesse on the nose and doesn't disappoint! The palate is warming, yet pure, concentrated and balanced with white fruit and peach carried by discreet oak notes. It is an elegant wine with remarkable minerality and amazing length on the finish.
Laurent Pillot, who took over the running of Domaine Pillot in his mid-twenties, transformed his family estate from grape growers to a leading estate and one of the superstars of Chassagne-Montrachet.
The hand harvested grapes arrive at the winery where they are very gently pressed and the free run juice put into oak for fermentation. Around a quarter of this oak is new and post fermentation the wine is aged for a further 11 months in barrel before release.
2019 Chablis 1er Cru 'Beauroy', Domaine Michaut Freres, France
A vivid yellow with a hint of green. An expressive nose of white flowers, acacia and a round palate, expressive, slightly unctuous with a fine mineral return. Powerful and rich.
The winery is located in Biene close to Chablis, built on the classic soil of the region, kimmeridgien, underpining the 60 hectares of vineyards. These wines show great typicity, steely acidity, plenty of fruit with that unmistakeable note of flinty "terroir".
2018 Domaine Chablis, William Fevre
Combining lovely fruitiness with an attractive freshness and characteristic minerality, Chablis is a wine region with global renown. Domaine William Fèvre’s vineyards sit on Kimmeridgian subsoil and enjoy ideal exposures for the production of a very fine wine.
Very fresh bouquet with notes of citrus and white fleshed-fruit. Fresh and supple, the wine is marked by mineral notes that are typical of the appellation.
With food - Fish dishes, grilled or in a light sauce; various seafood, oysters and sushi.
2018 Pouilly Fuisse, Chartron et Trebuchet, Burgundy, France
This wine from Pouilly Fuisse in Burgundy is a dry wine with soft toasted notes and aromas of ripe tropical fruit, a very elegant and versatile wine.
Half bottle - 2015 Chablis, Defaix
2019 Chablis 1er Cru 'Cote de Lechet', Bernard Defaix, Burgundy, France
The remarkable stony and sunny soils of the vineyards are captured in this powerful and complex wine. It flourishes with age and expresses mineral aromas reminiscent of gunflint. The wine is full and flavoursome but with a firm backbone of acidity. The Côte de Lechet is one of the Premiers Crus of the Chablisian vineyard with the most exceptional ageing potential.
Spending time in Didier and Sylvain’s company you immediately understand the energy and effort that is put into their wines, or more correctly, their vines and land.
Situated a little north of the eponymous village of Chablis the brothers have some of the best situated vineyards in the whole of the region and their efforts to coax the best from the soil is incredible. This translates directly into the wines which are powerful, textural and capable of considerable development. Certified organic and with bio-dynamic influences the gentle caring approach of the Defaix boys makes their wines flagship examples of why Chablis is so special.
2018 Santenay 1er Cru Gravieres Blanc, Bachey-Legros, Burgundy, France
This 1er Cru Santenay from Bachey-Legros is exceptional. It has a honeyed richness, with beautifully integrated oak notes. The balanced acidity gives freshness and balance, making this a classic white Burgundy for drinking over the next 5 years.
2019 Bourgogne Blanc, Chartron & Trebuchet, Burgundy, France
Based in the heart of the Cote de Beaune, Chartron & Trebuchet have been producing excellent quality and very good value Burgundy since their establishment in 1984.
The Bourgogne Chardonnay is a great introduction to their style. Half the wine undergoes about 8 months ageing in oak barrels to add richness and structure. It is, however, the crispness and vibrant fresh fruit that are the wine's dominant traits.
2017 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Morgeots, Thomas Morey, Burgundy, France
Thomas Morey comes from a famous wine making family and is now considered one of the stars of the Chassagne appellation. As is often the case with the wines from the Morgeots vineyard, there is considerable richness to this white, yet there is a seam of citrus and fresh minerality running through. It's a wine best enjoyed with a few years in bottle, 5-7 years from vintage considered about perfect.
2017 Rully Blanc, Domaine Chanson, Burgundy, France
On the hill in the heart of Côte Chalonnaise, the "terroirs" of Rully are perfectly suited for Chardonnay, and when in the hands of master-producers, such as Domaine Chanson, the wines of Rully are some of Burgundy's greatest bargains.
After a gentle pressing, this wine was vinified and aged for 13 months in oak casks. The result is a wine with delicate floral fragrances (acacia) mixed with citrus fruit aromas and pale fleshed fruit. On the palate it is precise and deep texture with fruit dominating the gentle spice.
2019 Petit Chablis, Domaine Fillon, Burgundy, France
A light, fresh and delicate Chablis with a delightful mineral undercurrent. It's a great example of its style with gentle fruit and refreshing acidity.