White wines are an obvious choice for warm summer drinking. The acidity in white wine pairs perfectly with fish, fruit, salads and lighter summer fare. Whites also have less alcohol so, again, work better with warmer temperatures. Simply stated, there’s just nothing like a crisp, cold glass of white wine on a hot summer night!
But which white to drink? More and more, wine lovers are turning away from over-oaked New World-style Chardonnay. We’ve observed this trend on any number of occasions. Most recently, while touring with one of our wine groups to Burgundy, one of the members was adamant about her dislike for Chardonnay. We tried to explain the difference between the Chardonnay typically available in the States and French Burgundy. She wasn’t convinced. However, on our first stop in Chablis — Domaine Louis Michel — after a bit of coaxing, she reluctantly tasted the wine. Seconds later, her face lit up, and smiling from ear-to-ear, she exclaimed: “This is Chardonnay???? I LOVE this!!!”
One taste is worth a thousand words….. with that in mind, we’ve put together a great offering of white Burgundies. We won’t waste too many words describing them so you can order and enjoy them!
Technically, the recent vintages in Burgundy have all been quite good. 2014 provided fresh acidity while 2015, a warm vintage, gave the wines more weight while still affording freshness. 2016, with its well-documented difficulties (related to hailstorms and loss of wine in many appellations) was excellent in the appellations that did not suffer.