A classic, perhaps less popular today than in its heyday.
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What you need to know
Part of the backbone of France, the Burgundy region runs from North to South, along the Saône river.
Burgundy is split into many, highly fragmented, appellations, many of which we know almost like a brand. Some areas command sky high prices and their neighbours a fraction – it’s all about the name!
The wines are almost all made with Chardonnay but they differ due to climate, vineyard position and winemaking.
Classification means that within each appellation you can go up from generic AOC, villages to premier cru, grand cru at the top end it’s at this point that vintage gets important.
White Burgundy is a generic appellation which means that the grapes can come from anywhere in burgundy. It tends to be more of an easy drinking style.
Chablis is one of the most famous, making crisp, peachy wines, with a classic note of gun flint. Many people don’t realise it is Chardonnay.
Pouilly Fuisse (not to be confused with Pouilly Fume) medium bodied, crisp and fresh.
At the other end Meursault and Chassagne Montrachet are rich, full, with a more buttery and creamy texture.
Top tip – lesser known appellations like Rully, St Veran and St Aubin offer better quality at lower prices.
In my quest for great wine under £10 this has to win, it isn't the most complex or 'challenging' white burgundies but it has a sophisticated yet easy going Burgundy, it is creamy and delicious. Great with or without food.