Scott Greenberg, special to wtop.com
Many wine lovers consider chardonnay from Burgundy to be the Holy Grail of white wines, sought after by collectors for their seductive flavors, incredible balance and remarkable aging potential.
The 2009 ripe fruit vintage produced wines with solid core flavors, good acidity and lovely concentration and balance. Here are a few excellent values to lookout for.
The 2009 Maison Joseph Drouhin Laforet Bourgogne takes advantage of sourcing their chardonnay grapes from all over Burgundy. Chablis-like in character, with hints of honeysuckle and nectarine on the nose, it sports a solid mouthfeel, featuring flavors of baked apples and green melon, with just a whisper of mineral notes on the crisp finish. Even though this is the winery's entry-level wine, I think it is always a special treat. ($14)
Despite the fact this vineyard is located just outside the village of Chablis proper, the 2009 Guy Mothe Domaine de Colombier Petit Chablis retains all of the true characteristics of Chablis, with tangy notes of green apple and citrus in the mouth and flinty crisp dryness on the mineral supported finish. ($16)
If your palate favors a richer style chardonnay, try the 2009 Michel Bouzereau Bourgogne Blanc. Its floral bouquet is seductive and the well-delineated flavors of apples, citrus and buttered toast are supported on a creamy texture. The medium-bodied finish is persistent and clean. ($20)
A personal favorite in our home is the 2009 Verget Mâcon-Bussières Vieilles Vignes du Clos. It's a step up from the producer's Mâcon Village, featuring intense flavors of crisp apple, green melon and ripe pear. A touch of citrus and mineral notes on the slightly flinty finish provides nice balance and structure. ($22)
Ex-pat Blair Pethel makes an extraordinary chardonnay from his winery in the Cote de Beaune region. Blair's 2009 Dublere Bourgogne Blanc is graced by scents of acacia and melon on the lovely nose that beautifully compliments the flavors of green apples and pear in the mouth. The balance is delightful, featuring a clean, crisp finish. ($25)
The 2009 Jean-Marc Boillot 1er Cru from the Montagny region is simply stunning for a premier cru level wine at this price. It sports mouth-filling flavors of ripe apples, pear on the front of the palate and a touch of slate and wet stone on the beautifully round finish. ($25)
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