(2022) Made in stainless steel, this Chardonnay was fermented with natural yeasts. Mealy and soft on the nose, aromas are subtle and lemony, just a hint of almond too. The palate has great sweetness of ripe fruit, citrus yes, but a very ripe pear touching on more exotic peach. Fine acid balance here, a streak of citrus and salts into the finish.
(2022) A refined and very attractive white Burgundy made from a combination of 65% Côte d’Or fruit vinified in barrel, and Mâconnais fruit vinified in steel tanks. It has an attractive whisper of honey and creamy vanilla on the nose, clean, ripe pear and apricot fruit and a balanced palate, where the hazelnut toast of the oak supports plenty of refined citrus into quite a long finish. Again, good value at Majestic's £12.99 'buy six' price.
(2022) I really enjoyed the 2019 vintage of this pitch-perfect white Burgundy, and am delighted to say the 2020 follows on very successfully. It has a similarly bright but succulent profile, a note of tangerine and lemon on the nose, but creamy too with an oatmeal sheen. The palate is medium-bodied, and while the peachy ripeness of fruit fills the mid-palate, that citrus and salts core of acidity keeps it fresh and mouth-watering into the finish.
(2021) Louis Latour make this wine from 30-year-old vines, the wine made in stainless steel and spending 10 months on the lees. So no oak here, but also no shortage of richness and butteriness, that long lees ageing adding creamy and oatmeal notes to the yellow plum and nectarine fruit. On the palate good weight and creamy texture, the sweet fruit running gently into a fat lemony acidity that is present and corrct, but not aggressive. A lovely Chardonnay with enough fat, and no excess. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas.
(2021) By sheer coincidence, I had spashed out on a bottle of 1er Cru Chassagne-Montrachet the evening before tasting this wine from further south in Burgundy. I could have bought nine of these for the pice paid, and whilst I am in no way claiming this is of Chassagne 1er Cru standards, I have to say there were genuine similarities and the wines were not as far apart as those prices would suggest. Balanced, elegant, typical Saint-Véran, the touches of oatmeal and crushed almond over pristine white fruits move on to a gently honeyed palate, the racy acidity sharpening the finish after some sweet and luscious mid-palate fruit. A touch of stony minerality also adds to the subtle complexity. Watch the video for more information and food-matching suggestions.
(2021) Another affordable white Burgundy from the Mâconnaise, this is 40-year-old vineyard Chardonnay that has a tinge of emerald green to an otherwise light golden colour. One year on the lees has given a touch of Brazil nut and butter to the aromas, which are honeyed and ripe. In the mouth there is a definite lusciousness to this wine, a little more fat and texture than the Saint-Véran also tasted here, and you pays your money and makes your choice: this is substantial, sweetly-ripe and heady stuff, while the Saint-Véran is more reserved and linear. Both are very good and well-priced.
(2021) From 35-year-old Chardonnay vines, fermented in a combination of vats and 359-litre casks and spent seven months in barrel on fine lees. A glint of gold to the colour and aromas of oatmeal and cream, rosy and lightly nutty apple fruit. In the mouth a generous and ripe style of Chardonnay, without feeling at all encumbered by oak or over-ripeness. It has some real concentration and grip, pithy dry acidity and is quite a mouthful of wine. This will take on poultry as easily as fish.
(2021) Classic Chablis, only 12.5% alcohol and fresh as a daisy, this is unoaked Chardonnay from a family domaine that does not show the flinty character associated with the Kimmeridgean soils of some Chablis vineyards, but does have the hallmarks of zipping freshness, sweet and ripe fruit, but always sliced through by its acidity and sheerness. Elegant, subtle, as I say proper classic Chablis that doesn't shout, but speaks very confidently. Heaven-sent for fish and shellfish, watch the video for more information.
(2020) Les Genièvres is not a premier cru of the southerly Mâconnaise area of Burgundy, but a single vineyard within the village of Lugny with clay and limestone soils, where Latour sources fruit for this unoaked cuvée. There's a gently honeyed and spicy quality to the pristine white fruits on the nose, the palate following through with a relatively straighforward focus of sweet and ripe orchard fruits, elegant balancing acidity and good length. It's not showy, but at £11 is a very pleasant all-rounder style of white wine.
(2019) Like the Bourgogne Pinot, the oak treatment here is very light, and the vines are old again, on average 40 years old. It has a creamy and lightly nutty nose, a touch of almond or oatmeal to ripe, mellow apple fruit. On the palate the acidity gives tension and freshness, the oak a little nutty underpinning, but the savoury and sweet fruit on the mid-palate is very moreish and approachable, in a lovely Chardonnay similar to good examples from the Mâconnaise perhaps.