Blue Chip Beaujolais Blanc
Beaujolais Villages Blanc from Jean-Marc Burgaud
Beaujolais Villages Blanc is produced by Jean-Marc Burgaud considered one of France’s ‘blue chip’ Beaujolais winemakers. Beaujolais season is a time of year when lighter-weight, chillable, patio-quaffing styles of wines are just the ticket.
There’s so much superb wine coming out of villages right now and no matter how many wines we feature from this region, a few things bear repeating:
(1) Beaujolais is part of Burgundy, and its Chardonnay-based whites regularly deliver the same levels of buoyancy, soil expression, and aromatic complexity as their higher-ticket brethren.
(2) These wines represent perhaps the some of greatest values coming out of Burgundy.
When you taste as much wine as we do, at all price points, a wine like this $35 Beaujolais Villages Blanc from Jean-Marc Burgaud is a gift.
Beaujolais Villages Blanc Winemaker: Jean-Marc Burgaud
Now considered one of France’s ‘blue chip’ Beaujolais producers, Jean-Marc Burgaud is one of those mad scientist winemakers whose reputation continues to skyrocket. Over the years, we’ve been lucky enough to taste some older vintages going back to the ’80s at Burgaud’s cellar in Villie-Morgon, and found these wines age incredibly well. Tasting many of these gems with Jean-Marc is a special experience appreciated by few.
Jean-Marc Burgaud’s gorgeously perfumed wines always deliver superb levels of energy few artisan vignerons can match.
Beaujolais Villages Blanc: Characteristics
Today’s bottle offers a fresh, balanced, well structured and continue to be at the fore-front of the Beaujolais wine-revolution. Not only great out of the bottle today, but this wine also has some surprising longevity for your cellar. However, it’s hard not to get overzealous and start pulling corks as soon as this case hits your doorstep!
Pale yellow-gold. Mineral-accented pear nectar and orange scents, along with subtle honeysuckle and fennel nuances. Smooth and weighty but lively as well, offering gently sweet orchard and pit fruit flavours that pick up toasted brioche and sweet butter notes on the back half. Finishes with firm, spicy cut, a hint of bitter pear skin and lingering florality.
Beaujolais is Burgundy but not all Burgundy is Beaujolais. Under $35/bottle, this wine is a “goto” little surprise wine.
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