From quaffable to sophisticated and age-worthy, white Burgundy are some of the finest wines in the world.

Aligoté, Bourgogne, Chablis and Beyond: The ABCs of White Burgundy

Despite the feeling of Summer being upon us, we're still feeling the flush of Spring. The appearence of fresh vegetables in the market as well as the return of our friend Captain Alex from Blue Moon Fish at the Greenmarket has us thinking of white wines. And while we love the mineral whites of the Loire and aromatic wines of Alsace, we also adore the wines of Burgundy. From steely, salty Chablis, and the vibrant, stony sophistication of Puligny-Montrachet to the knife and fork white Burgundy from lesser-appreciated villages, we love the range from flinty, snappy and lean to ripe, generous, rich, and sapid. Below is a selection from the great 2014 vintage with a few favorites from 2013 and newly arrived 2015s. All will shine at the table. Happy hunting! John McIlwain

Billaud, Samuel 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu

From a .58 HA parcel of vines planted in 1970-75. Fermented with native yeasts, aged 80% in tank 20% cask. The 2014 Samuel Billaud Mont de Milieu is floral, yellow-fruited, generous and pretty on the nose. There's a fine tension between the pretty citrus flavors and a snappy oyster shell saltiness on the brisk, energetic palate. A fabulous Chablis and a good value! Enjoy with fluke crudo, or garlicky steamed clams. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic

Billaud, Samuel 2015 Chablis

This is a delicious Chablis from Samuel Billaud. Crisp, mineral with some great acidity, this wine is lively and fun on the mouth with classic flavors of lemon, green and yellow apple, and pear and a touch of tropical and saline notes in the background. This is a lean wine with some good tension that will be the perfect companion to salads and grilled fish.  Caroline Coursant

  • white
  • 41 in stock
  • $25.99

Brooks, Anne Bavard 2015 Bourgogne La Combe Blanc (Organic)

Domaine Anne Bavard-Brooks is located in Puligny-Montrachet and has been organic and biodynamic since 2005. The "La Combe" vineyard is in the village of Puligny with 35 year-old vines on silt and clay soils over limestone, 200 cases made. The 2015 is a lovely, complex, white Burgundy showing ripe aromas with hints of exotic fruit, citrus, pear and stone. The palate is round and dense with flavors of pear, fines-herbes, almond, citrus, honeysuckle and brown spice. The finish is long and ripe with citrus and stone flavors that linger. This is a quite complex and well-balanced Burgundy that will accompany a wide variety of seafood and poultry dishes and mild cheeses. Drinking beautifully now, this will cellar nicely over the next 5 years or more. Excellent value!

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2015 Macon-Villages

Julien Guillot of the Clos des Vignes du Maynes, makes this lovely Macon-Villages from certified organic parcels in Chardonnay,  Montbellet and Viré-Clessé on Bathonian limestone with clay, rich in silica.  Incredibly aromatic, with wildflower, lime blossom, green apple peel, beeswax and spiced  poached apple and pear. Supple and ripe in this rather warm vintage with 13.5% alcohol, it’s balanced by excellent acidity and minerality with more orchard fruit, apricot, and salted peach. Remarkably textured and long with succulent fruit, toasted almond, citrus, and saline minerals and pear on the finish. Totally unlike the usual Macon Villages, this is a delightful wine that will accompany grilled fish, fish in sauce, roast chicken and mild cheeses - and it's delicious to enjoy by itself. TG & DL

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $38.99

Lignier, Hubert 2014 St. Romain

While there are few bargains remaining in the Côte d'Or, one source of gently priced and vibrant Burgundy is the commune of St. Romain, whose location and soils produce wines of fine minerality and verve.  The vineyards, comprised of limestone, clay, and marls produce Chardonnay, which is bright, vibrant and nervy.  The 2014 vintage is floral, yellow-fruited and a hint leesy on the nose with hints of nectarine and pear skin. On the palate the wine is amalgam of ripe pear, fine acids, zesty acidity, and has a savory sense of minerality. There's great energy here with a pungent core of stoniness beneath the fruit. John McIlwain 

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic

Magnien, Stephane 2015 Bourgogne Aligoté

The 2015 Magnien Aligoté is a bright and lively wine, at 11.5% alcohol, showing herbal, lemon-lime, melon and almond aromas, with pear, mirabelle, stone and ctrus flavors on the fresh, very dry palate. Serve with vegetable soups, fish dishes, quiches and mild cheeses - or make the perfect Kir with 1/5 Creme de Cassis. 

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $13.99

Paquet, Agnès 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet Blanc Les Battaudes

A cracking Chassagne-Montrachet from Les Battaudes, a lieu-dit situated beneath the Morgeots premier cru. 20-year-old vines planted in limestone clay soils, farmed organically. The 2013 Battaudes is cool-toned and perfumed on the nose with lime blossom, orange oil and sea spray on the nose with a hint of oak. The mid-weight palate is racy with flavors of stone, lemon curd, and orange oil on a persistent, layered finish. Enjoy this with soft-shelled crab, or fresh spring vegetable risotto. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $247.99

Pernot 2015 Bourgogne Chardonnay

The wines from the Pernot family in Puligny-Montrachet are well-known throughout the world for classic Puligny and Bâtard style. They have rich concentration and fruit, but more importantly, good acidity that allow them to age gracefully and harmoniously. The 2015 Bourgogne Chardonnay is from vines in the village of Puligny and is an outstanding value in white Burgundy. The color is very pale steely gold, the wine shows lovely aromas of almond, pear, green apple, citrus skin and stone with a bit of lime-flower. The palate is dense but lean with elegant flavors of stone, almond and citrus with a bit of herbal honeysuckle in the end. The finish is very firm with bright mineral acids. This is a lovely junior Puligny that will accompany sole almondine, other fish in sauce, even oysters, and mild goat cheeses. Delicious now, but the 2015 is really worth buying to cellar as well, best 2020 - 2025.

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $23.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $53.99

Rateau 2015 Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc

Jean-Claude Rateau makes lovely wines in the Hautes Côtes de Beaune in his east-facing vineyard of clay/limestone and marne soils. Quite racy and bright even in 2015, the wine shows subtle aromas of lemon,almond, stone, pear and apple. Intense, very mineral palate with pear, citrus and stone flavors and terrific length. Decant or open in advance if drinking now, serve with oysters, grilled seafoods, roast chicken and mild cheeses or cellar for 5 to 8 years. This is a real Chardonnay of terroir and a great value!

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
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Billaud, Samuel 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Vieilles Vignes

From a parcel of 70-year-old vines  adjacent to Sécher. The 2014 Samuel Billaud Vaillons 1er cru displays aromas of sea spray, lemon oil, and oyster shell. The palate is nervy and briny balancing cool citrus flavors with the broad salty minerality of the Kimmeridgian soils. There is good energy on the long, savory lingering finish. Will be a fine pairing with pan-roasted sea bass, sea scallops, or goat cheeses. Delicious! John McIlwain

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $39.99

Carillon, François 2013 Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Champs Gain

From 30 -year-old vines in 2 plots in  Les Champs Gain 1er cru high on the hill in Puligny-Montrachet. The 2013 is bright and floral on the nose offering alluring aromas of citrus blossom, honeysuckle, and Meyer lemon rind. The mid-weight palate features cool-toned flavors of white apricot, green apple, and  lemon curd, with hints of a sweet leafiness and discreet oak on a  distinctly mineral, verging on saline, finish. This has plenty of vibrancy and panache and will pair beautifully with shellfish or sautéed flounder. Lovely! John McIlwain

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $79.99

Champs de l'Abbaye 2014 Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay

From Chardonnay grown on an excellent limestone/clay parcel in Aluze, next to Mercurey. Certified organic, hand-harvested, low yields, very long (10 month) wild-yeast fermentation in barrel, bottled by gravity, unfiltered. This is an outstanding Chardonnay of terroir thanks to the great farming and vinifications at Champs de l'Abbaye.  Subtle aromas of stone, white fruits, lemon peel and herbs with a bit of new oak. The palate is intense and crystalline with strong mineral flavors, white fruits, citrus, spice and oak. (We are reminded of the Bourgogne Chitry by De Moor) The finish is dense and long with citrus, pear and stone - this is a serious glass of white Burgundy that will accompany oysters, grilled fish, roast chicken and much more. Not for lovers of Napa Chardonnay....

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

De Villaine, A.P. 2014 Bouzeron Aligoté

A bright and briny Bouzeron from  Aubert de Villaine displays the chalky, ground oyster shell nerviness of the Aligoté grape. The 2014 offers aromas of sea breeze, Meyer lemon peel, lemon verbena, and white fruits on the nose. Citrus fruit and saline character mark the racy, brisk palate with a long chalky lifted finish. Enjoy with fresh goat cheeses, or a platter of raw oysters. John McIlwain

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Ente, Benoit 2014 Puligny-Montrachet

From Les Tremblots and Les Houlières climats bordering Chassagne.  The 2014 Benoit Ente Puligny-Montrachet exhibits the energy and precision that is a hallmark of the 2014 vintage. White flower and orchard fruit aromas dominate the nose, while the ripe, medium-rich palate is layered and stony with pear, white apricot, and ripe white peach flavors offset by a finely articulated minerality on a long savory, mouthwatering finish. Lovely now, with air, better still in 2-5 years. John McIlwain 

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $67.99

Lafouge 2014 Meursault Les Casses-Têtes

The lieu-dit Les Casses Têtes is located on the hillside above the premier cru Les Gouttes d'Or and next to Le Tesson. The soils are thin and rocky producing wines of great energy and lift. Hazelnut, lemon pith, beurre noisette, chalk on the nose. Medium-weight, high-toned, fresh. This is very chalky on the mid-palate followed by yellow fruits, pear skin, and a discreet touch of oak. The finish is long, detailed, and articulate. This is quite pretty and would be perfect with soft-shell crabs, roasted cod, or crab cakes remoulade. John McIlwain

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $47.99

Lafouge 2014 Meursault Les Meix Chavaux

One of our favorite producers in Burgundy, Jean and Gilles Lafouge make beautiful wines which offer tremendous  value. Les Meix Chavaux  located beneath Les Luchets and adjacent to Les Chevalières. Lafouge's vines are 80 years old planted in calcareous clay producing Meursault with  textbook richness and minerality. The 2014 shows lemon blossom citrus peel and chalk on the aromas with a discreet touch of oak. The mid-weight palate offers flavors of ripe stone fruits and notes of Meyer lemon surrounding a chalky core of minerality. This shows poise and energy and while delicious now should round out with more time in the bottle. Wonderful with crab or lobster, better still with roasted whole fish or chicken. John McIlwain 

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $41.99

Moreau-Naudet 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons

While the 2014 vintage resulted in a number of stellar white Burgundies graced with energy and complexity, some of the most striking have come from Chablis. Moreau-Naudet was especially successful and the wines show class from the basic villages thru the premier and grand crus. The 2014 Vaillons is a radiant example of the terroir, with airy aromas of stone fruit, citrus peel, honeysuckle, and wet stone. The palate is vibrant with minerality and punchy acidity, with smoky flint vying with cool-toned citrus, and spice flavors on a concentrated, tactile finish, which is just a shade broader than that of the Forêts. Lovely now, but there's plenty of dimension which bodes well for aging (if you can resist drinking your bottles in the near term). John McIlwain

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic

Rollin 2014 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Sous Frétille

The Côte d'Or has a near mythical reputation for producing wines of nearly sublime character (and great expense). Luckily there a still a few growers who make distinctive Burgundy that we can afford. Rollin Père et Fils is a grower from Pernand-Verglesses who produces fine wines of terroir in both red and white.  One of our favorites is the Pernand-Vergelesses 1er cru Sous Frétille. Of the Pernand-Vergelesses whites, it always seems to capture the energy and mineral pungency of the nearby Corton-Charlemagne with less weight and certainly requiring less patience. With similar geology, but not quite as favorable exposure or exposition, Sous Frétille shows some of the cut if not the scale of nearby grand cru. The 2014 is a lovely version of the cru.  There is a bit of reduction on opening, which with air blows off. The nose is floral and tends toward white fruits and citrus peel,  while the middle weight palate has good mineral punch and layered flavors of pear, lemon peel, quinine, and limestone framed by discreet oak on a long, stony finish.  Decant now, or cellar for 5-10 years to allow the structural and fruit elements to integrate. Enjoy with roasted chicken, pan-roasted halibut, or striped bass. John McIlwain

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $57.99