WINE OF THE WEEK: Bouchard Père et Fils Bourgogne Chardonnay La Vignée 2014, Burgundy, France


£13.69–£14.50, Penistone Wine Cellars, Just in Cases, TheDrinkShop.com, Sandhams Wine, Hailsham Cellars


This is just the kind of thing I want from a Bourgogne Blanc at this price – softly yielding texture, lemon-curd fruit, a suggestion of nutty, spicy oak and a refreshing swish of grapefruit and green-apple acidity. Not deep pools of intensity, but balance, energy, roundness and bucket-loads of charm. 2014 was a very good vintage for white Burgundy, but even so it needs a sensitive producer to get the best out of the grapes and to know when less is more – in this case, just a small proportion of the wine was aged in French oak barrels and only a small proportion of it was new oak. Drink it over the next year with white fish or shellfish, chicken or a soft textured cheese, or enjoy it on its own.

Bouchard Père et Fils Bourgogne Chardonnay La Vignée 2014, Burgundy, France

£13.69, Penistone Wine Cellars, £13.95, Just In Cases, £13.98, Sandhams Wine Merchant, £14.50, Hailsham Cellars, £80.47 for 6 bottles, TheDrinkShop.com

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