From the same general wine-making area of southern Burgundy as the Mâcon-Lugny we featured a few weeks ago, Joseph Drouhin Macon-Villages 2009 offers a similar crisp, delicate style, typical of Burgundy’s Mâconnais region. Made from chardonnay grapes purchased from growers near Pouilly-Fuissé, not Joseph Drouhin’s own estates, this French “nègociant” method has produced remarkable consistency from one vintage to the next, and a classically styled white Burgundy that sells for $13 a bottle or less.
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“This is a very traditional wine, with hardly any fruit at all (lime zest?), no oak, and lots of minerality,” wrote the Curmudgeon in naming Joseph Drouhin his Wine of the Week last week. “So, no, it doesn't taste like came from California, but it's not supposed to.”
He recommends pairing the wine, chilled, with roast chicken, any kind of shellfish, or drinking it on its own.
The Baltimore Sun’s Michael Dresser agrees, calling white Burgundy “one of the world's classic beverages — with a style that California aspires to imitate but seldom gets just right.” In recommending Joseph Drouhin Macon-Villages 2009 (at $13 a bottle) as his Wine Find for June 24, he suggested pairing it with salmon, swordfish or ham.
“There aren't that many white Burgundies that offer both classic style and an affordable price,” he wrote. “This is one that delivers — with excellent balance, hints of apple, lemon and nuts and a subtle toasty quality. It's a lighter style, hardly a blockbuster, but it works on many levels.”
We don’t need multiple levels to convince us to buy good white Burgundy at less than $12 a bottle.
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