Best French Chardonnay from Burgundy solely for USA market

By | April 26, 2016

Introduction

France is one of the best Chardonnay producing countries in the world, with the Burgundy region as its most important contributor.

White Burgundy Chardonnay is almost universal. Chardonnay grapes love the chalky, limestone-rich soil of french chardonnay reviewsBurgundy. That is a major reason why the area produces so many brilliant wines. Burgundy is considered the birthplace of Chardonnay, the basis of the best vineyards producing some of the greatest Chardonnay in the world. Important towns in Burgundy are Chablis, Aloxe-Corton, Meursault, Puligny Montrachet, Chassagne Montrachet and Pouilly-Fuisse.  French Chardonnay is made in Alsace, the Loire Valley and southern France.

See my review of some of the best French Chardonnays for the USA market hereunder. All wines have been rated, see details of how the rating is done here.  

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What do the ratings mean?

Score Explanation
95–100 A classic great wine
90–94 An outstanding wine of superior character and style
85–89 A very good wine with special qualities
80-84 A good solid, well-made wine
75–79 A mediocre wine, drinkable but may have minor flaws
50–74 Not recommended

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1) Product: Jean-Marc Brocard ‘Les Vieilles Vignes de Sainte Claire’ Chablis

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Vintage: 2014

Bottle: 750 ml

Location: Burgundy, Chablis

Rating: 89/100

Price: $32.95 Purchase 12 bottles or more and receive a 10% discount.

Wine Tasting Notes

Chalk, white mushrooms, lemon butter, Chardonnay nirvana. This is where it’s at.

Wine Makers Notes

Chardonnay can be made anywhere in the world, but only Chablis can be made in Chablis. This drinks like a (much more expensive) Premier Cru, thanks to the low-yielding, biodynamically farmed 60-year old vines cranking out this killer white.

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2) Product: Domaine Germain Saint-Romain Blanc  

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Vintage: 2013

Bottle: 750 ml

Location: Burgundy, Cote de Beaune

Rating: 85/100

Price $27.95 Purchase 12 bottles or more and receive a 10% discount.

Wine Tasting Notes

Saint-Romain is one of the epicentres of White Burgundy value, bar none. On the nose, this Chardonnay displays the full range of citrus limes, white flowers, with some mineral accents. Then comes the lemon butter and a faint suggestion of white truffle. Drink this heartily with omelets and poached eggs, or even soft cheeses like Camembert, whose creamy texture will be well balanced by the acidity of this beautiful wine.

Wine Makers Notes

The story of Domaine Germain Père et fils begins in 1955 with Bernard Germain, who owned vines solely in Burgundy’s Côte de Beaune hamlet of Saint Romain. Then, gradually, he purchased a few plots in Pommard, Beaune, and Hautes Côtes de Beaune. All in all, he owned 6 hectares of vineyard. Very little was bottled at the time – most was sold off in bulk. In 1976 his son Patrick joined him, and they expanded their domaine-bottling operations. In 2009 Patrick’s son, Arnaud, joined the domaine and has been expanding its sales activity ever since. He set up his own wine merchant business, “Maison Arnaud Germain,” to expand the range of wines offered by the domaine. Today the father and son team makes Meursault, Volnay, Chambolle-Musigny and Puligny-Montrachet.

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3) Product: Michel Rey ‘Buland RGS’ Pouilly-Fuisse 

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Vintage: 2014

Bottle: 750 ml

Location: Burgundy, Maconnais

Rating: 87/100

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Wine Tasting Notes

There’s nothing like a serious, palate-staining Chardonnay to warm you and awaken your senses on a cold night. The vines that produce this beautiful white Burgundy are over 40-years-old, planted on the slopes of the limestone rock of Vergisson in southern Burgundy. Picture lemon butter, verbena, an almost hoppy aroma, and that apple-scented richness that the Mâconnais is known for – this is the perfect companion for some chicken breasts and morels poached in wine and finished with cream.

Wine Makers Notes

Last time we saw Michel Rey, he was busy turning the reputation of Burgundy’s Mâconnais on its ear. Today, because of Rey’s (and other change-maker vintners) conviction that the limestone-laden Mâcon soil can compete with its pricier neighbours, serious white Burgundy buyers no longer just breeze through this region on their way to the Côte d’Or. Today, they stop and take notice. And well they should. As with many truly great wine regions, Mâcon-Vergisson’s riches rests in its rocks, or more specifically the flinty, limestone soils of the valley nestled between two enormous limestone hills. Producers like Rey believe these soils can create wines that balance explosive freshness with round, mouth-pleasing palate weight. Rey also believes in site-specific planting, heavy pruning, dramatically reducing yields, and small-batch fermentation of tiny vineyard lots. Rey’s a true micro-producer, bottling less than 1,000 cases a year.

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4) Product: Domaine Vincent Dureuil Bourgogne Blanc  

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Vintage: 2013

Bottle: 750 ml

Location: Burgundy, Cote de Beaune

Rating: 91/100

Price: $34.95 Purchase 12 bottles or more and receive a 10% discount.

Wine Tasting Notes

Why is this such a great Bourgogne Blanc, you ask? First off, it comes from Puligny-Montrachet, from 40 year old vines. It’s also made by Vincent Dureuil, one of the finest winemakers in Burgundy. Lemon peel, butter, chalk, golden delicious apples.

Wine Makers Notes

The walls of the Dureuil cellar look like something out of a B-grade horror movie, as if someone has sprayed them down with fake cobwebs. It’s frigid, damp, musty and – truth be told – a little creepy. The ancient stone cavern seems like a science experiment gone wrong, and yet it echoes one of the great mysteries of Burgundy: how such precise, pure, focused white wines can come to life in such an environment.

Vincent Dureuil left us baffled yet again at this seemingly impossible dichotomy, and his lineup was one of the true highlights of last spring’s buying trip. We literally bought every bottle we were offered, something we have rarely ever done. Alas, despite our offer to completely clean out his cellar, we didn’t get nearly as much as we were prepared to secure. These are quite simply among the most compelling and delicious Chardonnays we tried in all of Burgundy. To miss them would be a mistake.

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2 thoughts on “Best French Chardonnay from Burgundy solely for USA market

  1. Peter

    Thanks Jerry for the Chardonnay reviews. I didn’t realize Chardonnay originated from Burgundy – thought Burgundy was more a red wine location.
    We also have some very nice Chardonnay here in the Hunter Valley, Australia.

    Does Get Wine Online sell Aussie Chardy? Their prices seem very reasonable – A 2104 vintage Maconnais Burgundy for $10.69 looks like very good value

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    1. Jerry Post author

      Thanks Peter, yes Burgundy, France is where Chardonnay originated from. I am well aware of the quality of Aussie Chardonnays, as I am looking for the best in the world and Australian wine is among those. As a matter of fact I have also reviewed and rated Hunter Valley Chardonnays, which you can access here. Getwineonline has about 400 types of quality Aussie wines in their product range, but being located in America, they are only delivering to the USA.

      To the right of my pages/posts you will find images for world best Chardonnays for three main markets: US, UK and Australia. Click the one for Australia and you will immediately see a summary of all my reviews including Hunter Valley, Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, Margaret River and McLaren Vale. Just have a look around and please let me know what you think about it. Cheers, Jerry

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