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:
Château Crabitey Blanc, Graves, Bordeaux, France - Elegant Graves white from just south of Bordeaux, finesse and power. Will age. Jancis Robinson 16/20 (2017)
Vriniotis Assyrtiko Sur Lies, PGI Evia, Greece - Complex, saline and mineral driven Assyrtiko of real character. Yiannis Karakasis (MW) 92/100 (2017)
Xanadu Exmoor Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia - 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.”
Fuleky Tokaji Dry Furmint, Tokaji, Hungary - Complex and silky Furmint with an impressive structure that will age. Jancis Robinson 16.5/20
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 match for fish and shellfish