Monday, March 30, 2015

White Burgundy Arrivals

I like oddball wines just as much as the cool kids but I also really like the classics. And as most of you know, for me, Burgundy is the tops. I can't think of any other region, especially for whites, that I'd rather pimp. Here are three selections arriving this week that are special. The Cheveau is a wine that by all rights should cost more. The complexity for the price is silly. Bitouzet-Prieur is a top tier producer that you can try an entry-level bottling for under $30. And the Prudhon Premiere Cru St Aubin is a wine that many would call an "insider pick," as the producer doesn't command the top dollars (yet) but is certainly worthy of it.

 2013 Cheveau Macon-Chaintre Les Clos $20.99
Importer notes: "This single-vineyard site is in the southernmost village (Chaintre) in the Maconnais. Hand-harvested. The wine is aged in stainless steel on the fine lees for eight months before undergoing a light filtration at the moment of bottling. The Macon-Chaintre Le Clos is consistently marked by notes of citrus fruits (lemon, orange, grapefruit) with a lively acidity, fruit blossom aromas and excellent balance."

2013 Bitouzet-Prieur Bourgogne Blanc $29.99
Light yellow-gold hue, with green-gold highlights. On the nose, the wine expresses fresh fruit aromas (pear), along with hazelnut notes. Excellent minerality and purity of fruit. There is a lovely texture and balance on the palate. Loaded with citrus and stone fruit flavors. As good as a wine at this level can be. Top notch producer.

2011 Prudhon Saint Aubin Blanc 1er Cru Sur Gamay $41.99
(90 Points: Burghound) "Here the nose has a pretty mix of white orchard fruit aromas, especially pear, along with similar hints of mineral. There is a nicely textured and sappy mouth feel to the medium weight flavors that possess fine mid-palate density, all wrapped in a citrusy, long, clean, dry and quite vibrant finish that is markedly dry, linear and palpably firmer."