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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. Domaine de L'Eveche Cote Chalonnaise Clos de l'Eveche 2020
    Domaine de L'Eveche Cote Chalonnaise Clos de l'Eveche 2020
    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.

    Clos de l'Eveche all sourced from a hillside site on clay and limestone soils with grapes destemmed and fermented in open tanks. There is large 1400 litre oak barrels use for ageing that mellow this wines out so beautifully.

    Lots of bright red fruits and a raspberry hit intermingled with soft peppercorn spice and a gentle earthy tug. It's generous and unfurls its up-front fruit slowly over your palate. Its such an inviting drink and there was plenty of ooh's and ah's from the tasting table. Soft minerally tannins give frame the fruit nicely and overall there is a lovely sense of ease about this wine that gives it so much immediate appeal. Its how much? Must be a mistake! Stellar value!
    2019
    Pinot noir
    France
    358
  5. Louis Picamelot Cremant de Bourgogne Brut  Les Terroirs Rose
    Louis Picamelot Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Les Terroirs Rose
    One of the crew called this “soft and mellow” I can see where that comes from, it certainly has a lovely mouth filling quality and all those billowing soft bubbles provide such a sensual cushioning effect, but the wine lacks nothing for racy energy either. I don't think its soft, I think it's lush!
    Also, I love the fine chalkiness that punctuates the fruit. Like its BdB sibling the lights are flashing and the sirens are cranked up, they don’t shy away from the winemaking and let’s be honest, that’s what makes Champa… sparkling wines like this so exciting. Even with that distinct autolytic creaminess the wines overall impression is one of flirtatious elegance. It is my pick of the two, but only just, and it pips its sibling on refinement if not substance. ROSCOE
    France
    358
  6. 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
  7. Georges Glantenay Bourgogne Aligote 2018
    Georges Glantenay Bourgogne Aligote 2018
    From a small holding below Volnay planted in 1965 and made in oval foudres of 12hl this aligoté offers aromas of hazelnuts and golden delicious apples against a subtle alpine spice. Its generous core of fruit is enlivened by a spine of acidity that marries well with the fruit on the finish. Delicate ginger notes waft in too. This is a delicious aligoté that offers breadth and spice. GABRIELLE POY
    2018
    France
    358
    Special Price $53.00 Regular Price $59.00 As low as $49.00
  8. 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
  9. Domaine de L'Eveche Mercurey Les Murgers 2019
    Domaine de L'Eveche Mercurey Les Murgers 2019
    Domaine de l'Evêche is a beautiful, 12.5 hectare estate located in the Côte Chalonnaise run by Vincent Joussier who purchased the domaine in 1985.

    The Murgers comes from the top of the hill and with vines 35+ years old. This is a step-up from the Clos L'Eveche with everything dialled in a little tighter and with extra concentration and depth. Red and black fruits are off-set with a good lick of sweet spice and woody notes. There is a bit more oak here but the extra core of sweet fruits soaks it up easily. Its all about structure and length on this cuvee and it delivers beautifully. Waves of succulent fruit draw back to reveal minerally tannins underneath only to be washed away again but more lush fruit. Delicious stuff!
    2019
    Pinot noir
    France
    358
  10. Domaine Philippe Collotte Marsannay Les Grasses Tetes 2019
    Domaine Philippe Collotte Marsannay Les Grasses Tetes 2019
    From two parcels of old vines; one based on Crinoidal limestone (known in France as Calcaire à Entroques), the other Comblanchien.

    This wine is perfumed and pure with real depth, lovely minerality in an elegant and focused style. Are refined palate that is persistent and with nice drive but never comes off hard or pushy. Its velvety tannins mesh nicely with the small foresty-fruit mix carrying it to a long and satisfying finish. Seamless and classy this is all you could want from a wine like this and more.
    2019
    Pinot noir
    France
    358
  11. Domaine Collotte Fixin Champstion 2016
    Domaine Collotte Fixin Champstion 2016
    Made from vines planted in the early 1980's this wine shows lovely aromatics and remarkable finesse for the appellation. Fixin, just to the north of Gevrey Chambertin, is renowned for producing sturdy, rich Pinots yet here we have a wine with much more finesse than one expects.

    The extra couple of years in bottle has done wonders for this wine and it's sitting in such a good spot. Underbrush and forest floor here sprinkled with currents, cranberry and baking spice alongside a peppery hit and savoury, wild herbs. Mellow and round but with plenty of bounce. There is a real joie-du-vie here that is hard to resist. A beautiful introduction to the wines of Fixin.
    2016
    Pinot noir
    France
    358
  12. 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
  13. 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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