2019 Montagny Premier Cru 'Les Chaniots', Les Vignerons de Buxy
Vignerons de Buxy's 2019 'Les Chaniots' is your glad reminder of the kind of top-quality, premier cru white Burgundy one can still enjoy for just under £20 a bottle. It will also have you recalling this ripe yet remarkably balanced vintage which here, three years on, is now in a sweet spot of acacia and honeysuckle aromas, exotic fruit, spicy white peach and red grapefruit flavours - and with a finish that is only too right for a long summer evening. That a Premier Cru wine from Burgundys lesser-known Côte Chalonnaise can be so delicious for so comparatively little is why we continue to shout about the compelling cuvées of Vignerons de Buxy.
The Premier Cru 'Les Chaniots' is a south-east facing hillside vineyard located above the villages of Jully-les-Buxy and Saint Vallerin in the Montagny commune. It is prime terroir for expressing chardonnay that is at once opulent, precise, and pulsing with savoury streaks of minerality. Les Vignerons de Buxy have certainly done this here, which makes for a white burgundy that is wonderful with Comté, Beaufort and Emmental or perfectly matched with veal in white sauce, grilled chicken, pan-fried fish and all manner of seafood. Actually, you'll find it wonderful anytime.
Fresh apple, pear and white peach aromas, with a touch of lanolin and hazelnut. Understated at first, but with pretty floral notes emerging. Ripe and luscious on the palate, generous and rich, but also precise and stylish with quite a 'grown-up' character. Flavours of hazelnut and a delicate salinity add to the white fruit flavours. .
The Vignerons de Buxy are in the Côte Chalonnaise, in the south of Burgundy. Established over 80 years ago, this is a collaboration of 120 Burgundian families, all inspired by the same values of solidarity, quality and respect for their Burgundian heritage.
Growing and harvesting of grapes is rigorously controlled, and modern winemaking innovations go hand-in-hand with traditional methods and expertise. Well-known 'village wines' such as Givry and Montagny are made here, as well as some delicious Bourgognes blancs and rouges.
Few varieties are more keenly debated than Chardonnay. There is an army of people who will avoid a wine labelled as Chardonnay at all costs, and those who argue that it is the finest white grape available. What is for certain is that it is one of the most versatile grape varieties.
For a winemaker it has two great attributes; firstly it will ripen well in most climates, and secondly it has the ability take on whatever character the winemaker wishes. In Chablis for example (a relatively cool climate) producers try to highlight the freshness and high acidity of the grape in that climate by fermenting and ageing the wine in stainless steel. The result is a wine that is bone dry and has a fresh, mineral character. Move a little further south to Burgundy's Cote d'Or and the slightly warmer climate gives the wines a more tropical edge, and here producers often mature there wines in oak barrels. The richer, toastier, more caramelised flavours that develop suit this riper style. In Champagne the producers like to pick their Chardonnay before it has reached full ripeness and allow the lighter wine take on more character from the yeasts used in fermentation. All three styles have been emulated throughout the world, but it is in the new world where we find the name Chardonnay written across the label of the bottle.
It is, however, impossible to avoid the fact that the wines of Champagne and Burgundy are some of the most sought after, and worldwide the popularity of this grape is such that it is fast becoming the world's most planted white variety. If you don't think you like Chardonnay and are yet to experience the vibrancy of a youthful Chablis or the refined, mineral laden and mouth filling intensity of a fine white Burgundy then we encourage you to do so, it may just change your mind.
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