Burgundy is the gold standard for lovers of luscious white wines. At its core, white Burgundy is simply Chardonnay from the Burgundy region of France. However, the land, climate, and winemaking traditions of the area preclude it from being replicated anywhere else in the world.
The sub-appellations within the region make subtly different styles of Chardonnay and-broadly speaking-there are four production areas to be aware of when getting started with white Burgundy: The grapes for Bourgogne Blanc are sourced from all over Burgundy and the wines are easy-going, fresh, and appley; In the far south end of Burgundy is the Mâconnais which produces plump and succulent whites that pair splendidly with heftier meals; Wines from the Côte de Beaune have pronounced savory notes, and are a match made in heaven with cream sauce dishes; And for a zestier take on white Burgundy, venture towards Chablis where the whites are clean, tangy, and tart.
Specificity is the key when it comes to the great white wines of Burgundy. And some famous white wine villages in the Côte de Beaune to look for include, but are not limited to: Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, St. Aubin, Beaune, and the hill of Corton.