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Here is our 2019 Black Friday pack selected specifically for lovers of white Burgundy. If you are interested in the reds-only pack or mixed pack, click here.
2017 Petit Chablis • Domaine Roland Lavantureux $26 Lavantureux’s most humble cuvée, this remains the domaine’s benchmark for value and typicity.
2018 Vézelay Blanc “Galerne” • Domaine Montanet-Thoden $32 This is a divine rendition of pure, chiseled Chardonnay, bearing notes of orchard fruit, citrus, and oyster shells.
2016 Bourgogne Chardonnay • Bruno Colin $39 Here is a classic interpretation of true Burgundian Chardonnay raised in oak (10% new) for twelve months to produce an easy-to-love wine with a silky texture and toasty aromas, plus hints of vanilla, tropical fruit, and apricot.
2017 Bouzeron Aligoté • Domaine de Villaine $40 A deep and spiritual thinker, Pierre de Benoist tends to evoke the celestial when describing his wines, and indeed there is something otherworldly about the vibrant and crystalline 2017 vintage.
2017 Givry Blanc “Clos des Vignes Rondes” • Domaine François Lumpp $52 From François Lumpp’s highest-altitude white vineyard, this Chardonnay shows its origins faithfully with a bright, chalky personality full of energy and thirst-quenching savor.
2016 Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru “La Genelotte” • Comtesse de Chérisey $106 Ancient vines, a high-altitude limestone vineyard, a low-yielding vintage that delivered concentrated wines, long and slow aging in oak in a deep stone cellar dug into the hillside . . . all the makings for an explosive Meursault-Blagny.
In eastern central France, Burgundy is nestled between the wine regions of Champagne to the north, the Jura to the east, the Loire to the west, and the Rhône to the south. This is the terroir par excellence for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The southeast-facing hillside between Dijon in the north and Maranges in the south is known as the Côte d’Or or “golden slope.” The Côte d’Or comprises two main sections, both composed of limestone and clay soils: the Côte de Nuits in the northern sector, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. Both areas produce magnificent whites and reds, although the Côte de Beaune produces more white wine and the Côte de Nuits more red.
Chablis is Burgundy’s northern outpost, known for its flinty and age-worthy Chardonnays planted in Kimmeridgian limestone on an ancient seabed. Vézelay is a smaller area south of Chablis with similar qualities, although the limestone there is not Kimmeridgian.
To the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise extends from Chagny on its northern end, down past Chalon-sur-Saône and encompasses the appellations of Bouzeron in the north, followed by Rully, Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny.
Directly south of the Chalonnaise begins the Côte Mâconnais, which extends south past Mâcon to the hamlets of Fuissé, Vinzelles, Chaintré, and Saint-Véran. The Mâconnais is prime Chardonnay country and contains an incredible diversity of soils.
For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.
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