Discovering great-value Burgundy, whether or not it’s the white Chardonnay or the purple Pinot Noir, is a hit-or-miss proposition at finest. However one that basically stands out is Domaine Laroche’s 2017 Bourgogne Chardonnay, a implausible worth at round $21.
Bourgogne, which merely interprets to Burgundy, is the extra generic, catch-all appellation Burgundy growers should use on their white and purple wines when the grapes are from outdoors the boundaries of extra particular, extremely demarcated, and infrequently storied appellations akin to Meursault or Montrachet.
Domaine Laroche is positioned in Chablis, Burgundy’s northern outpost, however the fruit for its 2017 Bourgogne Chardonnay got here primarily from vineyards in Mâcon within the southern finish of Burgundy.
Though “Bourgogne” wines are usually far inexpensive than their counterparts, a few of them present properly above their standing within the Burgundy pecking order, which is the case with Laroche’s Bourgogne Chardonnay.
All the things about it’s refined and balanced — the attractive fruit notes that evoke pear, inexperienced apple, and orange framed by refreshing acidity; touches of cinnamon and nutmeg; and a layer of vanilla that lasts on the end. This isn’t a “massive” Chardonnay within the sense that many from California are usually. Alcohol is listed at simply 12.5 p.c, and the wine is fermented and aged completely in stainless-steel with none publicity to oak.
Like many wines from the Macon, this Chardonnay has a lighter really feel. Nevertheless it’s distinctive and expressive — an ideal aperitif wine that’s made for fish and different lighter dishes.
Wilson-Daniels, the U.S. importer, notes that Laroche started sourcing nearly all of the fruit for the 2018 classic of its Bourgogne Chardonnay from the Chablis space, with the purpose of giving the wine extra of the mineral character for which Chablis is understood. It might be fascinating to check the 2018 with the excellent 2017 classic.
Laroche’s wines are bottled with screw cap closures, from the Bourgogne Chardonnay to the Chablis grand cru wines. In 2001, Laroche was the primary Burgundy producer to change to screw caps for all of its wines.