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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. 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
  3. Domaine de Bellene Coteaux Bourguignons L'Eclos des Abeille Chardonnay 2018
    Domaine de Bellene Coteaux Bourguignons L'Eclos des Abeille Chardonnay 2018
    This wine just keeps getting better and better in the bottle. Even if you have tried it previously it is worth a second look as it has put on considerable texture and complexity over the last few months. Great value from this exciting new appellation category opening up new potential in affordable white burgundy. ALEX WILCOX

    Released for the first time in 2018, this is a very ambitious white Burgundy from young, densely planted vineyards in Nuits-St-Georges and Saint Romain. Made without any added sulphur, it's the latest in a series of brilliant generic whites from Nicolas Potel, with chiselled, breezy flavours and a saline bite. (94) TIM AITKEN, www.decanter.com
    2018
    chardonnay
    France
    358
  4. Domaine de Bellene Coteaux Bourguignons L'Eclos des Abeille Chardonnay 2019
    Domaine de Bellene Coteaux Bourguignons L'Eclos des Abeille Chardonnay 2019

    The 2019 Côteaux Bourguignon "L’Eclos des Ebeilles" Blanc comes from four vineyards. It is a cuvée that Potel aims at restaurants and will probably become the domaine’s largest label. The pretty nose features touches of white flowers, and the palate is quite creamy in texture, revealing almond and light nutty notes on the finish. NEAL MARTIN

    Attractive pale lemon, touch of banana with lemon skins behind. Very saline, but juicy and interesting. At the moment from clays below Nuits-St-Georges JASPER MORRIS MW

    2019
    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
  9. Benjamin Leroux Savigny Les Beaune 2019
    Benjamin Leroux Savigny Les Beaune 2019
    The 2019 Savigny-lès-Beaune Village includes 80% whole bunch from village cru Fourneaux and also from Connadises. It has a lovely bouquet – very pure, with crushed strawberry and rose petal aromas and just a touch of vanilla in the background. The medium-bodied palate has a rounded texture, touches of marmalade infusing the dark berry fruit, and a touch of bitter cherry on the finish. Recommended. NEAL MARTIN, Vinous.com
    2019
    chardonnay
    France
    358
  10. Francois Carillon Puligny Montrachet 2018
    Francois Carillon Puligny Montrachet 2018
    There is a whiff of the exotic in the form of passion fruit present on the acacia blossom and citrus peel-inflected nose. There is again very good volume as well as a relatively sophisticated mouthfeel to the middle weight flavors where the seductive and lingering finish is supported by a moderately firm acid spine. This is an excellent Puligny villages and recommended. "Outstanding, Top Value" BURGHOUND
    2018
    chardonnay
    France
    358
    Special Price $125.00 Regular Price $160.00 As low as $115.00
  11. Jean-Marc Pillot Puligny Les Noyers Bret 2018
    Jean-Marc Pillot Puligny Les Noyers Bret 2018
    An overtly floral and ever-so-vaguely exotic nose of jasmine tea, tangerine peel and pear aromas. The racy, intense and beautifully well-detailed medium-bodied flavors that possess good length and reasonably good depth. However, my sense is that the underlying material is so good here that much more depth will very likely develop. In sum, this is one to look for provided you intend to cellar it for at least a few years first. "Outstanding, Top Value" BURGHOUND
    2018
    chardonnay
    France
    358
  12. Lafarge Beaune Aigrots Blanc 2017 1er
    Lafarge Beaune Aigrots Blanc 2017 1er
    The 2017 Beaune Clos des Aigrots 1er Cru Blanc, located just after Clos des Mouches, already has quite a strict and chalky bouquet that opens discretely in the glass. The palate is beautifully balanced, a little fatter than Lafarge's Meursault, with hints of tropical fruit (guava and passion fruit) that lift this white Beaune into something so irresistible and pleasurable. Gorgeous! NEAL MARTIN, Vinous Media
    2017
    chardonnay
    France
    358
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