2013 Alain Corcia Bourgogne Chardonnay (Previously $13.)

SKU #1169930

OK, you ask--what is Clyde doing writing up Burgundy wines? The Bordeaux specialist has veered off track. Well, I tasted this wine on my February trip to the South of France--Montpellier, to be exact. My good friends Alain and Patricia Corcia were in town for the Vinisud Trade show and we got together to taste some of Alain's wines. This white Burgundy was one of the first wines tasted and I bought it on the spot. Creamy, appley aromas meshed with a touch of toasty oak. Very clean and refreshing on the palate with a lingering finish. Years ago when I was the Burgundy buyer (pre-2000) we carried many of Alain Corcia's wines. In those days he specialized in the wines of Burgundy as that is where he lived and worked. Over the last fifteen years, Alain has gone more to the Rhone Valley reds in his portfolio. Why? Because as he often says: "The Burgundy property owners are crazy with their prices. There are many more value driven wines in the Rhone Valley these days than there are in the Cote d'Or." He is probably correct in his assertion, but don't let Keith Wollenberg, our Burgundy buyer, hear that. White Burgundy for under $10 really does not exist these days--except for this beauty. Try this with a nice piece of swordfish or halibut. And do not over-chill it. (Clyde Beffa Jr., K&L)

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By: JWino | Review Date: 8/16/2014
A fantastic value for Burgundy, but overall not much to say of interest about this wine. A simple sipper with light stone fruit nose, a bit more astringency than expected.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.