No fewer than three different labels from the cooperative of more than 250 wine-growing estates squeezed into the Top 5 (albeit occupying just one spot on the list). The co-op produces about 50 percent of all the wine from the Mâconnais district at the southern end of Burgundy, home to “some of the best white wine value in the world,” according to the renowned British wine critic Janis Robinson.
Chardonnay lovers who appreciate the crisper, Old-World style have enjoyed recommendations like this $12 Macon-Lugny, this $10 Mâcon-Villages and this $10 Macon-Lugny. Good white Burgundy typically isn’t aged in oak barrels like its California cousin. And the energetic fruit and subtle minerality of the French style can be much more refreshing – particularly in the sticky triple-digit heat we’ve been suffering lately.
Cave de Lugny La Côte Blanche Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay 2011 is “a virtual clone of the 2010 vintage,” according to CW’s director of wine education and a former Washington Post wine columnist, Ben Giliberti. We recommended the 2010 in November, as a good food-friendly white to go with Thanksgiving dinner. The 2010 was also named Decanter magaine’s #1 Chardonnay under $15 (£10, actually), and Giliberti describes the new vintage as everything he looks for in a $25 white Burgundy.
“The 2011 'La Cote Blanche' offers up fresh, Chablis-like mineral, yellow fruit and floral notes, followed on the palate, by light, bright, flavors of fresh cut apple, pear, and white flowers,” he writes in tomorrow’s ad. “Completely unoaked, it has a sneaky intensity of flavor that persists right through to the energetic finish.”
He’s trying to sell the wine, so you may want to take his tasting notes with a grain of salt. But judging from the consistency that’s come from Cave de Lugny in recent years, it may be worth trying for yourself.
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“Mâcon-Villages, south of the famous Cote d’Or, has been producing increasingly fine Chardonnays,” according to Decanter. “The area’s impressive co-operative, the Cave de Lugny, has not only won a top gong for its 2010 Chardonnay but is also the best value for money Chardonnay in the competition.”
And it won’t cost much more than $9 to find out if the new vintage lives up to its top-value predecessor. And if not, the 2010 is still available and on sale for $11.95 (regularly $15.99) at Pearson’s in Glover Park.
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