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The soils and vineyards of Burgundy have been very well defined thanks to the studious Monks a few hundred years ago - and the swathe of others who have picked up the baton since.

The Golden Slope (Cote D'or) is divided into two; the Cote du Nuit to the north and the Cote de Beaune to the south. Pinot noir dominates the Cote du Nuit as it loves the limestone nature of the soils and Chardonnay thrives in the heavier calcareous marl soils on the Cote de Beaune.

The essence of Burgundy comes down to the place where the vines are grown. The more definitive you can be (e.g. a single vineyard like Grand Cru or Premier Cru) then the higher the price you'll pay. A village wine, which will most likely be a blend of vineyards from within the village won't be as expensive as its origins are a little broader.

To the north, Chablis is an outpost. Lying closer to Champagne than the Cote d'Or, its marine fossil laden soils (Kimmeridgian clay) make scintillating renditions of chardonnay which age beautifully.
To the south the Cote Chalonnais, Maconnais and Beaujolais make wines that are easier on the pocket. There's some great value to be had here. A few different grapes are added to the mix including Gamay and Aligoté (as well as pinot noir and chardonnay).

Red or White?
Both.

Grapes
White: Chardonnay, Aligote
Red: Pinot Noir, Gamay

Styles
The purity of chardonnay is on full display in a bottle of Chablis. Chiselled and tightly wound this is a crisp and salivating white. White Burgundy tends towards a riper heart but with spicy oak support.

Favourite Producers
Gerard Raphet, Jean-Marc Pillot, Armand Rousseau, Domaine Romanee Conti, Benjamin Leroux, Domaine Bellene, JF Mugnier, Buisson Battault, Domaine Roulot, Arnaud Ente, Francois Carillon, Francois Raveneau, Christophe Chablis, Chantemerle Chablis,

 

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  1. Roche de Bellene Bellenos Blanc 2018
    Roche de Bellene Bellenos Blanc 2018
    The Bellenos range sit under the newly created Coteaux Bougignons (Hillside Burgundy) appellation. This new appellation was created was created in 2011 to allow producers in the region more freedom to blend wines, among varieties and throughout a larger designated area. It is designed to promote Burgundy that is of real quality but perhaps fits outside the traditional constraints of AOC regulations. It extends from Cote d’or in the north to Beaujolais in the south.

    The blanc is a blend of mainly chardonnay sourced from a cluster of southern Burgundy and northern Beaujolais sites. A touch of aligoté is also blended in to provide a little extra zip and vigour to the wine. Fermentation is all done in stainless steel tank with about 8 months in larger old barrels and aging on fine lees to provide a little extra texture and weight. PWS
    2018
    chardonnay
    France
    358
  2. Domaine de L'Eveche Bourgogne Aligote 2020
    Domaine de L'Eveche Bourgogne Aligote 2020
    Based on the limestone laden soils of Saint Denis de Vaux, the heart of the Cote Chalonnaise for value wines, this small family-run Domaine are regular recipients of a 'star' from the Guide Hachette. This finely composed aligoté has an underlying minerally tension that adds texture and energy to the wine. On the palate white florals and preserved lemon flavours mix with chalky phenolics, adding a fine chewy finish. This nervy aligoté thrills with its sense of fragility. GABRIELLE POY
    2019
    France
    358
    Special Price $39.00 Regular Price $44.00 As low as $36.00
  3. Antoine Olivier Bourgogne Blanc Les Deux Dindes 2018
    Antoine Olivier Bourgogne Blanc Les Deux Dindes 2018

    The Olivier vineyard's was established at the end of the 60’s after Antoine Moreau-Chevalier left vines to son, Hervé. After the family domaine was split between Antoine and his sister a few years ago he has worked tirelessly to transform the estate into a force to be reckoned with.

    He was one of the first to see the potential the vineyards had for producing great Chardonnay. With his eye on sites particularly suited to whites he has slowly built up a stable of exceptional vineyards, some of which had been abandoned for over a century.

    Fruit is sourced from Verze in Macon. He likes this particular terroir as it gives him good freshness and energy, unlike so many Macon which he considers fat. PWS
     

    2018
    chardonnay
    France
    358
  4. Domaine de Bellene Coteaux Bourguignons L'Eclos des Abeille Chardonnay 2020
    Domaine de Bellene Coteaux Bourguignons L'Eclos des Abeille Chardonnay 2020
    First point to make here is that this is the freshest and most tense version of this wine to date. White flowers, slightly underripe nectarine, you know that feeling? Crunchy, tangy, leaves your mouth feeling refreshed? Second point to make is there is quite a solid little hit of extract here. I think that's what keeps this wine from being bracing, it's kind of a buffering effect. It races across the palate with intent and gets the old salivary glands working. It is so refreshing but I really wanted some oysters to have with it and we were too "busy" at the time. I think another six months in the bottle should see a little more fruit build up too. ROSCOE
    2020
    chardonnay
    France
    358
  5. Domaine de Bellene Saint Romain Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2019
    Domaine de Bellene Saint Romain Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2019

    The 2019 Saint-Romain Village Blanc needs coaxing from the glass and eventually reveals light red apple, fresh pear and grassy aromas. The palate is well balanced with a waxy-textured opening, moderate levels of acidity and a touch of stem ginger and lemongrass that enlivens the finish. Enjoy this over the next 4–6 years. NEAL MARTIN

    Glowing bright pale yellow. Middleweight plus, in fact a lot of concentration here for St Romain, lightest lick of salt, mix of white and yellow fruit, good length. JASPER MORRIS MW

    2016
    chardonnay
    France
    358
  6. Antoine Olivier Santenay Coteaux Sous La Roche Blanc 2017
    Antoine Olivier Santenay Coteaux Sous La Roche Blanc 2017
    Hmm, a fresh nose with a little biscuity reduction. Big, bright, rounder, lip-smacking, mineral and saline, finishing with a touch of oak. Simply a beauty. BILL NANSON

    From a south facing slope with lots of gravel and shallow top soil.
    Lemon oil and baking spice with a big dollop of rocky minerality that imposes itself on the fruit which otherwise offers a real primary, juicy character and has lots of "get up and go" kind of energy to it. My last little note to myself was "I really like this". ROSCOE
    2017
    chardonnay
    France
    358
  7. Antoine Olivier Santenay Le Bievaux Blanc 2018
    Antoine Olivier Santenay Le Bievaux Blanc 2018
    A great exampole of the value from Santentay - this single site Climat Has a high percentage of limestone over clay - it is energentic- vibrant and textural chardonnay, and with a nice balance of oak (25% new)  provides an little more structure to the wine than the Bourgone. ALEX WILCOX

    Again, wide, fresh, clean agrumes. A little more structural more depth of flavour, faintly spiced.. gorgeously finishing. Really only at the end, end a touch of oak. Bravo. BILL NANSON Burgundy Report
    2018
    chardonnay
    France
    358
  8. Antoine Olivier Santenay Le Bievaux Blanc 2017
    Antoine Olivier Santenay Le Bievaux Blanc 2017
    100% Chardonnay, Burgundy, France

    A beautiful nose, complex, fine, so inviting. Lithe, long, still relaxes over the palate, rich but not fat, touch of oak right on the end of the palate. Bravo! BILL NANSON

    Bracing acidity here, almost Riesling like in its citrusy and apple characters. It is tense and pretty boldly so with a pithy texture and a long piercing line. I finished the note with "good - very good - needs some time in bottle". ROSCOE
    2017
    chardonnay
    France
    358
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