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.
The collection below highlights alternatives from many fine terroirs
Case includes one of each:
Xanadu Exmoor Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia - Refined Chardonnay from a top producer, showing the class of Margaret River. Jancis Robinson 16/20
Papaioannou Assyrtiko, PGI Peloponnese, Greece - Considered Nemea's benchmark estate, this Assyrtiko is terrific value, Jancis Robinson 16/20
ILatium Morini, Soave Campo Le Calle, DOC, Veneto, Italy - Intense and complex Soave, with delicate mineral and stone fruit finish. IWC Gold 2019
St Tamás, Mád Dry Furmint, Tokaji, Hungary - Elegant dry white from the formidable Furmint grape, grown in its home of Mád in Tokaji, Hungary Decanter 90, Jancis Robinson 17/20
Gruber Röschitz, Grüner Veltliner, Weinviertel, Niederosterreich, Austria - Lively organic Grüner Veltliner from a pioneer, subtle apple aromas over attractive white pepper - a classic! Jancis Robinson 16/20 (2009), Falstaff: 91 Points
Bodegas y Vinedos Merayo, Godello, DO Bierzo, Spain - Complex and harmonious white, rich with mineral hints, ideal for fish
NB - this case does not include white burgundy