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Our Favorite White Burgundies

 

White Burgundy

Burgundy wine regions run from Auxerre in the north to Mâcon in the south. The main winemaking areas are Chablis in the north, Côte d′Or, Côte Chalonnaise, and Mâcon the southernmost one.

Chablis

Chablis is famous for its chalky white soils that produces world renowned dry wines. Wines from Chablis are made with 100% Chardonnay grapes. Chablis is the northernmost area in the Burgundy region where the climate is a bit colder resulting in wines that have the tartest, crispest acid profile. Chardonnays that come from Chablis are typically lean, unoaked, super crisp and dry, almost briny. The tart green apple, zesty lime and mineral flavors and are the perfect partner to oysters and seafood.

Côte d′Or

South of Chablis is the Côte d′Or (golden slope) - home to some of the most famous Grand Cru Burgundy wines. Côte d′Or is split into two parts:

-Côte de Nuits

The Côte de Nuits area starts just south of Dijon and ends at the village of Corgoloin. Côte de Nuits has 24 Grand Cru vineyards, and 80% of the wine produced here is red from Pinot Noir grapes. The rest is either white or rosé.

-Côte de Beaune

Côte de Beaune is named after the village of Beaune. Maison Louis Latour is the largest Grand Cru winemaker in the area.  Seven out of the eight Grand Cru white Burgundy wines in the entire Burgundy region are produced here. The most famous white wine villages are (Red and Whites are listed together!) Chassagne Montrachet, Puligny Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay, Beaune, and Corton. The white Burgundy wines from this area are fleshier with fruity flavors of apple, yellow plum, and a fresh earthy aroma. Many of the best wines from the Côte de Beaune are a visceral, meditative experience that you could savor without food. However, richer fish dishes, pork, chicken and anything in a cream sauce or with fungi are highly recommended.

Côte Chalonnaise

The less famous neighbor of Côte d′Or, Côte Chalonnaise has a number of wineries that produce red, white, and sparkling wines. The stunning white and rosé sparklers, Crémant de Bourgogne, are made in the village of Rully. This bubbly has a creamier texture than most traditional sparkling wines like Champagne and Asti Spumante.

Mâconnais

Mâcon has a much warmer climate than the other regions. The harvest in this area starts weeks earlier than the one in Chablis. The most famous area in Mâcon is Pouilly-Fuissé - close to the border with the Beaujolais. Most wines produced in Mâcon are made with Chardonnay and flavors range from yellow apple-and-citrus like flavors to tropical honeydew and pineapple notes in richer vintages. Most wines are unoaked and light bodied. 

 

Our 5 favorite White Burgundies under $50 btl

2017 Vincent Girardin - Bourgogne Blanc Cuvee St. Vincent
750ml | SKU 79814  The secret to the quality here is the vineyards: sites around Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault.
2018 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin - Chablis
750ml | SKU 79023 
VM
90
BH
88-91
There is just so much to like in this beautiful, vivid Chablis from brothers Jean Paul & Benot Droin.
2018 Remi Jobard - Bourgogne Blanc Cote D'Or V.V.
750ml | SKU 82704  This Bourgogne Blanc is a dead ringer for a fine Meursault at half the price.
2018 Francine & Olivier Savary - Chablis Vaillons
750ml | SKU 82314  This exquisite wine is a quintessential Chablis from one of the highest rated Premier Crus.
2018 Hubert Lamy - St. Aubin Princee
750ml | SKU 82698  The 2018 Saint Aubin La Prince is a beautiful white Burgundy with great balance and precision.