So you want to get into white Burgundy, but you don't want to spend an arm and a leg trying out the various styles and options (which is easy to do, trust me). Wouldn't it be nice to try something with a little age, something with a little richness, and something that displays the clean and vibrant minerality the regional wines are renowned for? If you're looking for a white Burgundy sample pack (or really just delicious white wine, period), then it's tough to do much better than the three selections below, each a penny under twenty dollars. The La Chablisienne, after seven years in the bottle, shows just a bit of nuttiness to all that juicy 2008 acidity. The Leflaive tastes like a baby Montrachet, made from fruit sourced from vineyards around Puligny and aged in French Oak for richness. The Fevre showcases stunning notes of piecing minerality and a crystalline delicacy. What more can you ask for from your white Burgundy for $20?
2008 La Chablisienne Chablis "Les Venerables" Vieilles Vignes $19.99 - A classic nose of iodine and sea water influences adds plenty of nuance to the green fruit nose that complements fresh, bright and intense flavors that possess both good volume and fine mid-palate fat before giving way to a long, saline and sappy finish that is bone dry. Good quality for its level.
2013 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc "Oncle Vincent" $19.99 - This delightfully rich white Burgundy is made as an homage to Olivier Leflaive's Uncle Vincent Leflaive, the founder of the famous Domaine Leflaive. It comes entirely from vineyards in the communes of Puligny-Montrachet and is fermented in small French oak barrels. It is satisfying and mineral-driven, as well as rich and buttery. And it is a K&L West Coast exclusive. What's not to like? (From Olivier Leflaive: "Only grapes from the territory of Puligny-Montrachet, a village he loved so much, could pay tribute to my uncle Vincent. He has been a model for me and a valuable support during the creation of Maison Olivier Leflaive. When we talked about this project to our importers, they immediately expressed an amazing enthusiasm. This project is now concert and 'Oncle Vincent' will be available in different parts of the world, like all of our wines." This new Grand Burgundy white was born in the 2012 vintage. Its aromas express white fruits (pear, peach), with buttery notes. A lovely freshness on the palate, a creamy texture, well-structured and with a tension that makes it remarkable. The selection of the vines gives a more aristocratic touch to this white Burgundy wine, with minerality and great intensity. So Puligny, in fact!
2013 Maison William Fèvre Chablis "Champs Royaux" $19.99 - This is really delicious with sliced green apple, stone and melons. Medium to full body. Crisp finish. Focused. Drink now.