Golddiggers go for a well-filled bank account. We prefer a well-stocked wine cellar, a wine gold mine. With what in it? At least the Chardonnay of Chardonnays. Gold in liquid form. Yep, we're in Burgundy. - TEXT EVELIJN VAN HEUVEN | IMAGE SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
OK, let's start off dead simple. In Burgundy, very black and white, you have two grapes that matter: pinot noir for red and, you guessed it, chardonnay for white. Both stage-pickers, but we only pick the white one in this Buying Guide. And oh boy, how this wine deserves to be in the spotlight.
When you think of Côte d'Or, do you still think of chocolate? Don't. Because this is also the name of one of the world's finest wine spots, located north and south of the Burgundian town of Beaune. An apt name, because this is what you call the gold coast of Burgundy. The northern part is mainly planted with pinot noir, while the southern part is dominated by chardonnay. This south bears the name Côte de Beaune and especially here you will find Chardonnays that make you lick your lips. Such as those from the famous communes of Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin and Meursault. These are wines with elegance and finesse. Some more seductive than others. Of course, that comes with a matching price tag, and smaller harvests, such as in 2021, unfortunately do not help (see box). So in this Buying Guide, we also look precisely at other Chardonnays from Burgundy, starting with Bourgogne Blancs.
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