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White Burgundy winners under $25

The best white wines of Burgundy, the famed region of east-central France, are arguably the world’s greatest Chardonnay-based wines. Unfortunately, their prices have risen to exorbitant levels. Wines from celebrated locales such as Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet now begin at around $60 per bottle and go up from there.

These renowned villages are located in a strip of land called the Côte d’Or (golden slope). For better value, wine drinkers must now look to the north in Chablis, and to the south in the Mâconnais areas of Burgundy.

Also worth a look are white wines labeled simply Bourgogne (French for Burgundy). These wines theoretically can be produced from grapes grown anywhere in Burgundy. The best are frequently the product of younger vines in prime vineyard locations.

The staff at Northside Wine & Spirits recently blind tasted a group of 31 whiteBurgundies priced under $35 per bottle. The best wines offered more than a glimpse of the finesse and elegance for which white Burgundy is known. They had a notably refreshing quality due to their sufficient balancing acidity, a quality sometimes lacking in warm climate Chardonnays.

The top three wines in the tasting offered three distinct styles. The first place wine was theJulien Brocard 2012 Chablis “La Boissonneuse” ($24.99 per bottle). Produced from organically grown grapes, it exhibits crisp,citrusy fruit underscored by a by a flinty, minerally quality typical of Chablis. Notes of hazelnuts, vanilla, and toast mingle in the finish of this notably complex wine.

The second place wine, theChartron et Trebuchet 2013 Bourgogne Blanc, offers considerable value at $17.99 per bottle. This wineexudes a definite hint of toasty oak on the nose. Fairly weighty in the mouth, it combines hints of citrus, butter, and nutmeg. As one taster noted, “Yum.”

The third place wine, another good value, was theLouis Latour 2013 Mâcon-Lugny “Les Genièvres” ($16.99 per bottle). This lovely wineis fresh and appley, refreshing yet soft, an ideal wine for those who prefer unoaked Chardonnay.

Consider each of these three wines for your next backyard cookout. Try them with grilled fish or chicken, quiche, shrimp kebabs, or a nice fresh goat cheese, and enjoy!

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