2011 Val de Mer Bourgogne Blanc (Previously $19)

SKU #1144349

This comes from a collaboration between Chablis rising star Patrick Piuze and top Burgundy importer Martine Saunier of Martine's. The two have parted company and the end result is some fantastic wine at deeply discounted prices, which we can pass along to you. This crisp and attractive Bourgogne Blanc comes from the Chablis/Auxerre area, and has charming fruit and bright acidity that would pair well with seafood. This is clean and refreshing on the finish with just a trace of nuttiness. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 11/13)

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By: Christie Brunick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/25/2013  | Send Email
Are you looking for a unoaked Chardonnay house wine? If so, the 2011 Val de Mer Bourgogne Blanc is a great choice. The bright acidity and soft citrus fruit will appeal to many palates. This is a great wine to buy by the case for your holiday parties, as well as to stock up on for a great everyday sipper!
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By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/18/2013  | Send Email
Winemaker Patrick Piuze is one of my favorite Chablis producers. When I heard that he and importer Martine's were parting company on this project, I jumped at the chance to taste the wine and see if we could work with it at a deeply discounted price. I was incredibly pleased by the roasted pear and baked apple notes in this chardonnay. This is a cleaner style with no oak notes. More like a Macon Villages in texture than a AC Chablis. Or even more like one of our unwooded domestic chards like Foxglove or Lioco. Clean and pure, that's what we have hear and it delivers on that promise.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/7/2013  | Send Email
I love it when we have a wine like this to offer- it has so much authentic Burgundy aroma and flavor at such a great price. This great little white Burgundy has lots of wonderful Chablis style earth, but a softer texture that will make it accessible to a wide audience. This will make a great house white for the next year or two!
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By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/7/2013  | Send Email
Bright and crisp minerality and acidity make this a perfect match for seafood. And the rich floral notes on the nose hint at a honeyed, attractive, just slightly nutty quality that makes it most charming. If you love unoaked Chardonnay, and want something a bit brighter than the typical Macon Villages, this is a perfect direction to go. And thanks to a ridiculous buy, we are delighted to offer it at more than 30% off the original price!
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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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

Chablis

- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.