Best White Burgundy under $20 to bring
Looking for a few suggestions of a White Burgundy reasonably priced
Doing a ladies nite dinner in honor of Julia Child at the end of September and the proposed menu screams for a white - all the other friends love white and I hardly EVER drink white!
SO , looking for some help here as whites are out of my comfort zone......
Just read this article on affordable white Burgundy in the Chicago Tribune and thought of this thread. Many of the wines recommended are affordable [quoting]:
2009 A. & F. Boudin Chablis: Always a mystery how Boudin manages to combine taut, piercing acidity with fatness of texture and extract in its pinpoint-perfect Chablis; a dusting of chalk. $18-$22
2009 Jean-Pierre Berthenet Montagny 1er Cru "Vieilles Vignes": Killer price for round, richly rendered chardonnay from low-yielding vines; its great charm is its texture. $20
2009 Olivier Merlin Macon La Roche-Vineuse: High points for this crisp white are its spine of minerals, fat texture and lengthy flavors and finish. $18-$20
2010 Clotilde Davenne Saint-Bris: All cool-climate sauvignon blanc; fresh, lively, incisive, with characteristic lime pith and grapefruit notes in aroma and flavor; zippy close. $15
2010 J.J. Vincent Pouilly-Fuisse "Cuvee Marie Antoinette": Liquid Creamsicle, with notes of acacia blossom, fresh milk and lots of zesty acidity; no wood to bother its freshness of flavor and verve. $25
2010 Joseph Drouhin Rully: Minerality in the Chalonnaise often shows up, as it does in this round, textured white, as more an earthy than a chalky tone; delicious, juicy chardonnay fruit, with well-etched acidity. $20
2010 Thierry & Pascale Matrot Bourgogne Blanc: Could well be a declassified Meursault for its buttery texture and bouquet, silken texture and abundant minerality; just sayin'. $20-$25
Article is here:
already see some nice suggestions.....i think it is harder to find a nice bottle of white for under $20 then finding red....also it makes it even tougher when you throw in burgundy.
that being said, here are some that i have enjoyed in the past:
2010 J.M. Boillot Montagny 1er Cru @ $20+/-
2010 Domaine Matrot Chardonnay Bourgogne Blanc @ $15+/-
2009 Domaine Leflaive Mâcon-Verzé @ $25-$30
good luck hunting
There are several négociants, who produce pretty good, entry-level Macon-Villages, that might fit the budget.
As mentioned above, Louis Latour and Louis Jadot do some. Personally, I like bigger white Burgs, like Meursault and Montrachet, but finding good examples in that budget will be tough.
Under $20 for white Burg is a fairly extreme limitation. You won't find anything above the village level at this price point, and mostly from the lesser regions (Chablis being one exception). Julia Child - who never missed an opportunity to recommend an Yquem whenever appropriate - would be most disappointed.
Any possibility that you would move to the $30-40 range?
And are you looking for something like a racy, no/low-oak Chablis with intense cut or a more opulent and oaky burg like something from Meursault?
EDIT: are you in Mass like me? If so, I might be able to give you some Boston area recommendations if you can expand a bit on what sort of white Burg profile you're looking for.
The menu screams for a white... or screams for Chardonnay? two different things right?
At any rate I recently enjoyed Alain Geoffrey Cuvee la Marguerite Bourgogne which I've seen for $20 and under.
Another wine I had recently which I preferred to the above but which you'll have a harder time finding is the Macon-Solutre from Domaine Jean Pierre Seve which I've seen $17-24.
I also think the producers listed above by others are reliable.
I think you may find best bargains in the Maconnaise. The Saint-Veran region in my experience is generally underpriced for Burgundy, although I have not been knocked out by examples I have had.
Does it have to be a Burgundy? Not the easiest request. And depending what you have access to wine store wise it just really depends. These are some of the major Burgundy producers you might see available. They usually have a couple wines that are decently priced (though not necessarily great and not necessarily under $20):
Domaine William Fevre