Mâcon-Péronne, Domaine du Bicheron 2017
Good, affordable white burgundy such this favourite Mâcon-Péronne has never been more welcome in these strange times.
This is a delicious, hand-crafted, old vine white burgundy made by the Rousset family in Péronne, just to the north of Pouilly-Fuissé. The same family have been making wine here since 1889. This is a rich, well-balanced and complex white burgundy at a very good price indeed, a rare find considering the tiny harvests in recent years.
The 2017 vintage is better than ever, winning a gold medal at this year's 'Chardonnay du Monde' competition, the annual tasting of nearly 700 wines from 37 countries to select the best Chardonnays in the world.
How does the wine taste?
A fresh, nectarine scented nose; richly textured palate with clean acidity, juicy, stone fruit character, mineral streak and a long finish. Very well put together, complex and full white burgundy.
What do the critics say?
"It's made from old-vine Chardonnay just to the north of Pouilly-Fuissé and is very lightly honeyed on the nose with lovely supple peach, citrus fruit and a long finish. In short, its cracking white burgundy and the sort of value for money upon which FVD built its reputation."
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator
"This Chardonnay has a concentrated and finely perfumed nose. There's something hinting at the exotic, but a pure apple and ripe Ogen melon white fruit character too. On the palate it really does have good intensity, the ripeness is there, and almost orangey brightness of fruit plus acidity, and just a teasing glimpse of more tart greengage and lemon. There's a custardy roundness, though perhaps just from lees rather than oak, and the powerful finish sustains. Lovely white Burgundy at a modest price."
Tom Cannavan, wine-pages.com