Everyone's favourite producer of bargain Beaujolais returns, and this time with one of the best value white Burgundy's we have uncovered in years. As you've probably noticed, getting anything from the Cote d'Or for less than $30 a bottle is near on impossible. It's some of the most expensive real-estate in the world, and with the prevailing run of low-yield vintages and catastrophic climactic events lately, the prices have only gone up further.
Enter, young-gun new wave negociant Phillipe Bouchard , who has upended everything we knew about the region and its crazy pricing. This Bourgogne, made solely from Chardonnay, is sourced from the lower half of the Maconnais, in a region no far from Cote de Brouilly .
It's a lovely wine, of grandiose appeal. Marked by its harmonious notes of green apple, almond and chalk, there is also a warming character that comes from some added richness and ripeness of fruit; think grilled pineapple and stonefruit and you get the picture. We've been looking for a bargain Burgundy for yonks, and in this Philippe Bouchard Bourgogne Blanc, we've found our winner. At it's everyday price of $28 a bottle, it presents good value. At today's unheard of price, it makes this one of those 'back-up the ute' kind of notions. Burgundy, for under $15 bottle? Surely that can't be right.
This wine comes from a branch of the famous Bouchard family, with Philippe Bouchard based in Aloxe-Corton. With this wine we head to the southern part of Burgundy, to a region called Macon, home of Burgundy's sunniest, most approachable white wines. The hill of Macon is Chardonnay country and here the wines have the classic minerality that can only be Burgundy, with a ripeness and appealing stone fruit flavours that the Maconnais is known for. The end result is a simply beautiful white wine.
Slightly golden yellow with emerald tinges. Floral and fruity bouquet. The palate is marked by a warm harmony combining richness, liveliness and aromatic presence.