(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.
(2019) We rarely see Aligoté - Burgundy's 'other' white grape - on the shelves very often, and that's a great pity when it is as delicious as this. With only 12% alcohol I guess it was picked fairly early, and that has given it terrific vim and vigour, despite a certain creamy leesiness on the nose and a generous breadth of fruit on the palate. But it tightens up smartly, saline and citrus peel pushing through, into a long and balanced finish in a very moreish wine - especially with richer seafood dishes, fish pies and the like.
(2019) Moreau's Petit Chablis is a wine on the dry but fruity side - is there a smidgeon of Chablis 'minerality'? Perhaps, but really this majors on a peach downy fruitiness, lime and a palate that shows more of that quite concentrated peach and apricot, a refreshingly zesty grapefruit acidity keeping it bright and focused. Note that a Louis Moreau Petit Chablis bearing a different label is in Waitrose, Majestic and others.
(2019) The vineyards for Petit Chablis are scattered around the periphery of the main Chablis appellation, mostly close to the treeline at the top of the famous slopes, and rarely on the Kimmeridgian soils that are synonymous with the flinty, oyster shell quality of 1er and Grand Cru wines. But do not look down your nose at the best examples, still made with care from 100% Chardonnay and usually, as in this case, unoaked. It's a very smart wine made by M&S winemaker Sue Daniels, marrying very fresh, lightly grassy and boldly lemony aromas with a fuller, riper fruit character on the palate, a creamy texture and hints of mango and exotic fruit soon licked into shape by the citrus and, yes, slightly salty, acidity. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions.
(2019) Chardonnay from the south Burgundy, this has very little oak that I can detect, though there is perhaps a smidgeon giving a creamy almond and pastry touch to the ripe orchard fruits, maybe just a fleeting glimpse of something floral too. In the mouth it has medium body and a typically versatile combination of sweet fruit - but not too much of it - creamy texture and refined balancing acidity. Long with just a whisper of toast, it is fresh and appetising.
(2018) A new wine to C&B's own-label range as of autumn 2018, this is unoaked Chardonnay from the vineyards of the Mâconnaise, made for Corney & Barrow by Maison Auvigue. It is a beautifully pitched Chardonnay, creamy with almond and a hint of new-mown hay on the nose, and plenty of creamy and ripe orchard fruit. In the mouth it is expansive and richly textured, the nicely sweet mid-palate fruit swept up in very good acidity that give length and a dry but not austere finish. A lovely wine for fish or fowl. Watch the video for more information.
(2018) A subtle but very fine and, in the end, charming Chardonnay this, it is a négociant wine made from fruit and must bought from long-term contracted growers, and only a small proportion of the blend sees oak. Apples, but ripe, a little pastry or vanilla covering, and hints of more tropical fruit are gentle and welcoming. In the mouth it is not the most concentrated of complex of white Burgundies, but the silky, vanilla-touched fruit and texture and the sweet fruited finish are most enjoyable.