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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 Rouge 2018
    Roche de Bellene Bellenos Rouge 2018
    The Bellenos Cuvée Rouge is primarily from the Beaujolais area in the south of Burgundy, where fruity, mineral-inflected Gamay Noir is grown on granite soils. It is blended with finely structured Pinot Noir from the Côte d’Or in northern Burgundy. The result is a fresh, fruit-forward “Vin de Plaisir” — a deliciously expressive wine for everyday enjoyment.
    Grape varieties: 80% Gamay Noir and 20% Pinot Noir
    2018
    Gamay, Pinot noir
    France
    358
  2. 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
  3. Jean-Marc Burgaud Villages Les Vignes de Lantignie 2019
    Jean-Marc Burgaud Villages Les Vignes de Lantignie 2019

    The vines in this monopole are 55 years old, planted in sandy topsoil over granite at a density of 10,000 per hectare. Whole-berry, semi-carbonic maceration for seven days, then aged in concrete for six months. Burgaud says: "The 12th century Chateau de Thulon, my great aunt’s property, is in one of the best villages due to its hillsides and granite soil. It produces a bright red wine with a fresh and fruity nose. Best drunk within two years of release.

    This wine was named in Wine Advocate's top 100 discoveries of 2020.

    Offering up pretty aromas of blackberries, peonies and subtle forest floor, the 2019 Beaujolais-Villages Les Vignes de Lantignié is medium to full-bodied, velvety and enveloping, with lively acids, velvety tannins and a long, mouthwatering finish. As usual, this saw a short six- or seven-day maceration with whole clusters, followed by élevage in cement tank. Once again, Burgaud has produced a characterful and viscerally drinkable Beaujolais-Villages that exemplifies all the merits – as well as the incredible value – offered by the appellation at its best. WILLIAM KELLEY, Wine Advocate

    2019
    Gamay
    France
    358
  4. Domaine de L'Eveche Cote Chalonnaise Clos de l'Eveche 2019
    Domaine de L'Eveche Cote Chalonnaise Clos de l'Eveche 2019
    A small family run Domaine of just over 12 hectares, purchased by the Joussier family in 1985, with vines initially known to have been cultivated in the middle ages, situated in Saint Denis de Vaux, tucked away in the heart of the Cote Chalonnaise “value” area of  Burgundy. An excellent range of wines from regional to Mercury Blanc and Rouge. These wines have regularly received a “Star” from the Guide Hachette.
    2019
    Pinot noir
    France
    358
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Domaine Philippe Collotte Marsannay Les Grasses Tetes 2017
    Domaine Philippe Collotte Marsannay Les Grasses Tetes 2017
    From two parcels of old vines; one based on Crinoidal limestone (known in France as Calcaire à Entroques), the other Comblanchien. This wine is very perfumed and pure with real depth, yet showing a lovely minerality and elegance, finishing with great length and very fine tannins. PWS

    Notes of spicy red berries and cherries introduce the 2017 Marsannay Les Grasses Têtes, a medium-bodied, velvety wine built around tangy acids and powdery tannins. This is one of the more understated wines in the Collotte portfolio this year. Drink 2020-2035. WILLIAM KELLEY, The Wine Advocate, February 2020.
    2016
    Pinot noir
    France
    358
  9. Faiveley Mercurey La Framboisiere 2019
    Faiveley Mercurey La Framboisiere 2019
    The finest rendition of this cuvée that I've ever tasted, Faiveley's 2019 Mercurey La Framboisière wafts from the glass with aromas of sweet berry fruit, warm spices, rose petals and plums. Medium-bodied, fleshy and precise, with lively acids and excellent depth at the core, it's deep and unusually serious, with all the charm but less of the frivolity that this cuvée has historically displayed. It derives from an 11-hectare parcel—part of which was planted in 1990 and the rest of which is old massal selections—that was vinified with 15% whole cluster and matured in 20% new oak. WILLIAM KELLEY, Wine Advocate
    2019
    Pinot noir
    France
    358
    Special Price $66.00 Regular Price $77.00 As low as $62.00
  10. 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
  11. Domaine de l’Aste Santenay Rouge 2019
    Domaine de l’Aste Santenay Rouge 2019

    'One of Santenay's emerging talents...' WILLIAM KELLEY, robertparker.com

    'Already one of the best addresses in Santenay!' BILL NANSON, burgundyreport.com.au

    Village wine, 2 plots between Santenay and Chassagne. All hand picked and barrel aged.

    Winemaker David Moreau states 'it has depth, black fruit and spices, and a hint of fresh oak. It's structured with complex mouthfeel.'

    'Moreau's wines come highly recommended. I was smitten by the purity of fruit, fineness of tannins and their charm. Whilst they might not necessarily be wines of enormous longevity, I am not sure how much that matters when they have so much to offer in their youth (though that said, if I had a case I'd keep six bottles back to see how their age.) If you have read this producer introduction up to this final sentence, then the next thing you should do is pick up the telephone or click a mouse and buy these wines.' NEAL MARTIN, vinous.com


     

    2016
    Pinot noir
    France
    358
  12. 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
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