white burgundy

Burgundy (White)

We have a friend in the wine trade who will tell you in all seriousness that the world's greatest white wines are made from Riesling in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, and whilst the wines from here are often extraordinary, there can surely be few who would argue that they outclass the great Chardonnays of the Côte de Beaune. The monks of the great medieval monasteries of Cîteaux and Cluny knew a thing or two and it is no accident that, for reds and whites, the finest vineyard sites were in monastic hands until the monasteries were despoiled by the revolutionaries. Some of the Mosel's best sites were also owned by monasteries, but nowhere can this have been so comprehensive as in Burgundy, where the 11th and 12th century monastic movement was so extraordinarily successful.

Today, white wine production is focused mainly on the three famous villages of Meursault, Puligny Montrachet and Chassagne Montrachet, with the Grands Crus, apart from the more northerly Corton Charlemagne (and one (Musigny) in the Côte de Nuits), divided between the communes of Puligny and Chassagne. As so often in Burgundy, the most sought after lends its name to the village - hence the profusion of 'double barrelled' village names. However, most producers in the Côte de Beaune make red and white wines - and many villages (Savigny Les Beaune and Pernand Vergelesses for example), while better known for their red wine production, also make very fine whites, which cannot command the prices of their more famous neighbours. The same is true in reverse - reds from Chassagne can be stunning - as produced by Fontaine Gagnard and Gagnard Delagrange.




Domaine de Bois d'Yver

Run by Georges Pico and his son Thomas, the domaine grew out of Georges' grandfather's domaine Pico Race, based in the village of Courgis, just south west of Chablis.  The 20 hectares of vineyards are farmed organically, and the wines express beautifully the steely and mineral qualities of Chardonnay which are classic to the Chablis region.

 
Cuverie at Bois dYver

White

 
 
DRINK DATE
UNITS/CASE
IN-BOND
INCL. VAT 
2007 Chablis 1er Cru Montmain, Domaine de Bois d'Yver
 2010-2013
 12 Bottles
£153.50
£213.00
Similarly classic, but with an extra dimension thanks to the greater weight and concentration of fruit. 

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