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Olivier Leflaive, Les Sétilles, Bourgogne Blanc 2006
From one of the best producers in Burgundy, this is a classic wine with elegant, ripe fruit and notes of apples. Complex on the palate with a natural acidity, rich but well-balanced and a long finish.
£11.79, Corney & Barrow
Domaine Patrick Javillier, Cuvée Oligocène, Bourgogne Blanc 2007
Full of vibrant fruit with some creamy oak character. This wine has a beautiful natural acidity with a creamy texture, it is round and well balanced with an excellent fruity intensity on the finish. You almost can’t believe this is ‘merely’ a Bourgogne Blanc.
£138 In Bond for 12 bottles, Corney & Barrow
Domaine Pierre de Préhy, Chablis 2006
Plenty of classic, Chablis steel here, with flinty mineral streaks but also a generous layer of flesh fruit. It has a lot more charm than many other Chablis and a nice texture to boot.
£10.99, Marks & Spencer
Olivier Merlin, Vieilles Vignes, Mâcon-La Roche Vineuse 2007
This is a fantastic value wine. This Macon has pure, crunchy apple aromas and some hints of lime. Beautiful, zesty acidity with fresh, vibrant fruit and a great length.
£8.50, Berry Bros & Rudd
Cave de Prisse, St-Véran 2007
Located in Southern Burgundy, this co-operative produces some high quality wines. This is a classic example of St-Véran: intense, ripe apple fruits with some minerality. The palate has good structure and weight, with more ripe fruits and creamy intensity. Another great value wine
£8.99, Marks & Spencer
Domaine Jean-Marc Boillot, Clos du Vieux Chateau, Montagny 1er Cru, 2007
Like many of these wines, this has a fine purity and freshness with defined citrus aromas. The palate is nicely textured and broad. It also has a softness to it that makes it really accessible now.
£135 in bond for 12 bottles, Armit
Louis Chavy, Pouilly-Fuissé 2006
Classic Old World finesse and grace in this wine. The nose is fresh and scented, with fine poise and balance. It’s ripe and fresh in the mouth too, but with plenty of complexity, succulent but biting fruit, and a good length. Good value.
£16.99, Threshers, The Wine Rack
Les Senteurs, St-Romain 2006
From vineyards located around the village of St-Romain in the Côtes de Beaune, this is a strong, minerally wine that, to be honest, doesn’t blow you away on the nose. It’s far more generous to taste at the moment, with inviting levels of concentrated fruit and dashes of floral spice.
£9.99, Marks & Spencer
Domaine Jean-Marc Vincent, Les Hautes, Auxey-Duresses 2006
Very expressive on the nose with tropical notes and oak aromas. Lots of weight supported by a clean and pure acidity. Some buttery characters on the finish.
£14.95, The Wine Society
Chanson Père & fils, Chassagne-Montrachet, 2006
This ’06 is a classy, toasty number with pleasing evolution and a seam of minerality running through the fleshy fruit and oak.