White Burgundy has long been seen as the benchmark for world-class Chardonnay, but prices can be beyond the reach of many wine enthusiasts. Burgundy has had several short vintages in a row, so supplies have been limited over the last years, and inevitably prices have been driven up. With increasingly tight supplies – coupled with a jump up in demand in traditional and emerging markets – it’s not surprising prices have continued to rise.
Those seeking quality white wines at a more attractive price point need to start casting the net a bit wider, and look more closely at some of the quality alternatives. Grapes like Assyrtiko, Furmint and Grüner Veltliner produce some of the World’s greatest white wines, and let’s not forget that White Graves from Bordeaux are some of France’s finest white wines.
Graves Blanc, Bordeaux
A great source of firm, minerally whites which can age, considered much more serious than other Bordeaux whites.
Château Crabitey Blanc, Graves, Bordeaux, France £14.49 - Elegant Graves white from just south of Bordeaux, finesse and power. Will age. Jancis Robinson 16/20 (2017)
Terroir driven whites with saline minerality, power and complexity. Hugh Johnson – “one of the best grapes from the Mediterranean, balancing power, minerality, extract and high acid. Built to age. Could conquer the world…”
Porto Carras, Assyrtiko, PGI Chalkidiki, Greece £15.99 - Deep, long Assyrtiko of the best quality from near Mt Athos. Jancis Robinson 16.5/20
Vriniotis Assyrtiko Sur Lies, PGI Evia, Greece £17.49 - Complex, saline and mineral driven Assyrtiko of real character. From the island of Evia, using sur lies aging to add complexity
Santo Nykteri, PDO Santorini, Greece £17.49 - Creamy and fruit driven dry Assyrtiko from the Santorini Co-op. Harvested at night, and barrel aged. Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 (2015), Decanter World Wine Awards - Silver 92/100 (2018)
Margaret River Chardonnay, Australia
Temperate coastal area south of Perth, the source of powerful Chardonnays
Xanadu Exmoor Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia £13.24 - Refined Chardonnay from a top producer, showing the class of Margaret River. Jancis Robinson 16/20 “Straightforward Chardonnay style – baked apple, toffee, dairy. Captures the Margaret River clarity of fruit at a reasonable price.”
Dry Tokaji, Hungary
White grape famous for sweet Tokaji wines, now increasing used for ageable mineral, sometime apricot dry white wine. Superb
St Tamás, Mád Dry Furmint, Tokaji, Hungary £14.99 - Elegant dry white from the formidable Furmint grape, grown in its home of Mád in Tokaji, Hungary. Somewhere between Loire Chenin and Chablis in style. Decanter 90 (2013), Jancis Robinson 17/20 (average producer score)
Fuleky Tokaji Dry Furmint, Tokaji, Hungary £16.49 - Complex and silky Furmint with an impressive structure that will age. Jancis Robinson 16.5/20
Grüner Veltliner, Austria
Austria’s fashionable, white pepper scented white. At its best, ageable, complex and fabulous.
Gruber Röschitz, Grüner Veltliner, Weinviertel, Niederosterreich, Austria £13.24 - Lively organic Grüner Veltliner from a pioneer, subtle apple aromas over attractive white pepper - a classic! Jancis Robinson 16/20 (2009), Falstaff: 91 Points
Godello, Bierzo, Spain
Tangy, fine quality grape of North-West Spain, making rich, mineral-scented dry whites.
Bodegas y Vinedos Merayo, Godello, DO Bierzo, Spain £12.99- Complex and harmonious white, rich with mineral hints, ideal match for fish and shellfish
Mixed Case Offer – White Burgundy Alternatives Case – A selection of the wines highlighted above at a 10% discount!