2008 Maison Jacques Bavard Rully Blanc (Previously $20)

SKU #1085259

This is lovely and rich white Burgundy comes from a tiny negociant in Puligny Montrachet, named Jacques Bavard. From a long line of wine-growers, Bavard is dedicated to working with organic and biodynamic growers. I found him thanks to a tip from a friend in Chassagne Montrachet on my June trip, and was most impressed with the purity of his wines. I am not always a fan of this appelation, but this is enough to make anyone change his or her mind! Lovely wine, available at a very modest price, thanks to our direct import. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

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By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2012  | Send Email
Acid junkies rejoice! This french chardonnay is the perfect summer white wine for you! All too often in France, they pick at sugar and ripeness levels, but not Bavard.

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/21/2012  | Send Email
A classic example of cooler climate chardonnay. Apple, pear, mineral with hints of citrus and bright acid. Delicious with summer fare!

By: Adam Parry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/30/2012  | Send Email
I think this is one of our best value white burgundy's in the store right now.Jacques Bavard winemaker is dedicated to working solely with organic and bio dynamic growers. Truly a fantastic price for such high quality wine.

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/31/2012  | Send Email
While it's only the second year we have carried the wines of Jacques Bavard here at K&L, its no secret that they have quickly become some of our favorite Burgundies, both white and red. This extraordinary Chardonnay is one of the reasons why. This 2008 Rully makes the most of what turned out to be the finest vintage in recent memory for white Burgundy. Lightly floral with fresh citrus notes and a finely etched minerality, this is one of the best Chardonnays you will find anywhere for under $20.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/26/2012  | Send Email
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I have been so impressed with all of the Bavard wines; my only problem with them is that they are disappearing too quickly! The 2008 Rully shows the coolness of the vintage with bright crisp acidity and less lushness on the palate than the 2009s. However the focus and brightness of this wine make a pleasant contrast to many flabby Rully that I have come across before.
Top Value!

By: Christie Brunick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/21/2012  | Send Email
My favorite new white Burgundy for under $20! I love how its rich without being heavy, and is full of crisp minerality and bright acidity to keep it light on its feet. Beautiful honeysuckle and citrus undertones with just a touch of brioche. A perfect wine for everyday and versatile enough to go with everything from shellfish to roast chicken!

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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.
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France

- 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.
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Burgundy

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13