Joseph Drouhin 2018 Côte de Beaune White Burgundy

$ 74.99
After trying this wonderful wine recently it reminded us exactly why "White Burgundy" remains the benchmark for Chardonnay for many people. This particular Burgundy is Joseph Drouhin's Cote de Beaune Blanc. The appellation Côte de Beaune is given to wines coming from vineyards located on top of the hill overlooking the city of Beaune. It should not be confused with the appellation Côte de Beaune-Villages, the latter given to wines coming from several villages of the Côte de Beaune (but not Beaune itself) and blended together. Also, the Côte de Beaune-Villages appellation is used only for red wines.

This incredibly rich and complex Chardonnay comes Drouhin's estate vineyard above Beaune and includes declassified/young vine fruit from the famous Clos des Mouches vineyard (which sells for $150+). The bouquet wafts from the glass in an expressive blend of pear, lemon blossoms, chalky soil tones, a nice touch of crème patissière and a discreet foundation of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, ripe and full-bodied, with lovely complexity and grip, good supporting acids and a long, classy and very tasty finish. Drink now to 2030+.