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Bourgogne whites: Panel tasting results

The regional APs of Burgundy cover the whole span of its geography. Our judges relished this opportunity to compare wines and find the high points of quality and value among the varied Bourgogne white appellations.

Andy Howard MW, Beatrice Bessi and Georgina Crawley tasted 89 wines, with 3 Outstanding and 28 Highly recommended.

Bourgogne whites: Panel tasting scores

89 wines tasted

Exceptional 0

Outstanding 3

Highly recommended 28

Recommended 46

Commended 9

Fair 3

Poor 0


Entry criteria: Producers and UK agents were invited to submit their latest-release or widely available still white wines from any of 13 specified Bourgogne regional appellations 


The complexity and geographical range of wines labelled with the Bourgogne regional name was fully displayed in this intriguing tasting, which encompassed many different appellations. Combined with a focus on some of the less well-known areas, this was an opportunity to understand the quality-to-value offer outside the more established Burgundy appellation names.


Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores from the Bourgogne whites panel tasting



Bourgogne whites: Panel tasting scores


The judges

Andy Howard MW is a Decanter contributing editor and DWWA Regional Chair. A former retail wine buyer for more than 30 years, he now runs his own consultancy Vinetrades, focusing on wine education, judging, investment and sourcing.

Beatrice Bessi is head sommelier at Chiltern Firehouse luxury hotel and restaurant in central London. A DWWA judge, Bessi is a CMS Advanced Sommelier and WSET educator. She moved from Italy in 2016 and began her sommelier career at 67 Pall Mall.

Georgina Crawley is an experienced and widely travelled wine buyer who has worked for some of the UK’s leading wine merchants for more than 20 years. In this time, she has developed a great passion and knowledge for the wines of Burgundy.


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