Contains one bottle each of
Caroline Lestime, Bourgogne Hautes Cotes De Beaune Sous Eguisons 2015
By Meurgey-croses, Macon-uchizy 2017
Domaine Du Roc Des Boutires Roc Des Boutires, Pouilly Fuisse 2017
By Meurgey-croses Vieilles Vignes, Vire-clesse 2017
Domaine Francois Carillon, Bourgogne Blanc 2016
Domaine Michelot, Bourgogne Blanc 2017
Anyone who has bought Burgundy over the last ten years will know that the global demand for the world’s greatest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs has pushed prices to new extremes. While good value and Burgundy aren’t exactly synonymous, our White Burgundy six-pack demonstrates that if you know where to look (and we do) there are wines from great producers, appellations and years that won’t break the bank.
We have three terrific examples from the Maconnais beginning with two wines from Meurgey-Crozes; an exciting new venture from Pierre Meurgey. The bright Macon-Uchizy is made at his winery in Davayéis and entirely in stainless steel, while the Viré-Clessé, made from 65-year-old vines, is a little richer and is fermented and matured in both stainless steel and large, older barrels. These are energetic and beautifully balanced wines designed to drink now and over the next 2-4 years.
Pouilly Fuissé is the Macon’s most prestigious appellation and Domaine du Roc des Boutires Pouilly Fuissé is a great find with low yields, 35-year-old vines and careful winemaking all resulting in a wine with excellent weight and freshness. That all these three Macon’s are from 2017 is the icing on the cake, as the whites are the stars of this year. They have both the good ripeness and weight of the 15s, but with enough backbone and verve (think 2014) to age well in the short to medium term.
The next three wines in our white Burgundy pack are all from highly regarded Côtes de Beaune producers; all of which have never made better wines. At Domaine Jean-Noël Gagnard, Caroline Lestimé saw the need to provide an affordable white Burgundy, so in 2007 she planted Chardonnay in the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune in Rochepot, opposite Saint Aubin. Due to the high altitude, grapes ripen later here than in Chassagne and climate change is proving to be an added bonus. The wines are made the same as the Chassagne’s in that they are barrel fermented with one-third new wood. In 2015, the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune ‘Sous Eguisons’ is ripe, seductive and ready to enjoy now and over the next couple of years.
While Domaine Michelot is one of Meursault’s oldest and most respected names, the wines have improved dramatically since Jean-François Mestre and his son Nicolas took complete control from 2009. A combination of organic viticulture, reducing the amount of new oak, increasing the use of larger barrels and less bâttonage (stirring of the lees) have resulted in wines that have more energy and purity of fruit than those of yesteryear. Made from fruit sourced wholly within Meursault and matured in mainly larger format barrels, Michelot has made a cracker Bourgogne Blanc in 2017 and one that will, under screwcap, still be looking good in five years.
Finally, there is the Bourgogne Blanc 2016 from François Carillon. While Carillons have been growing grapes in Puligny for 500 years, François Carillons first vintage was 2010, after he and his brother Jacques divided their father’s domaine (Louis Carillon) after the 2009 harvest. With fruit from both Puligny and Meursault, and vines aged between 33 and 59 years, François puts his wines back into tank for six months prior to bottling to give them tension. The result in 2016 is a wine with the concentration and finesse of a village wine.
So, whether you are a Burgundy aficionado looking for good value, everyday drinking white Burgundies, or you are just starting out on your Burgundy journey of discovery, we really believe there is something for any lover of chardonnay in our White Burgundy six-pack!