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2014 Jacques Bavard Bourgogne Blanc

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Maison Jacques Bavard is a tiny negociant producer in Puligny-Montrachet. He comes from a long line of winegrowers, and is dedicated to working with organic and biodynamic growers. We found him a few years ago on a tip, and found the balance and freshness of his wines to be most impressive. Thanks to importing his wines directly, we have them available at a very modest price. His 2014s may be the finest vintage we have had a chance to offer! This rich Chardonnay comes from vineyards below Puligny-Montrachet.

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2017 | Send Email
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If you have never been to Burgundy in France, it is a must trip for any serious wine consumer/collector. The vineyards are so closely planted and the “Clos” are so near each other with so many different, undefined growers/owners, you will ask yourself how do the Burgundians decide what gets declassified to a Bourgogne Rouge or Blanc, and what gets just a villages description. Single vineyard designations are simple. You will be amazed, for instance, that the difference between DRC’s La Tache and the Romanee Conti vineyard is a ten foot wide gravel roadway and two stone walls on each side. The vineyard that produces this exceptional Bourgogne Blanc is in that kind of position – it is a roadway that just separates it below one of the great vineyards of Puligny-Montrachet. Distinctive aromas of wet river stone minerality to green apple to hints of honeydew melon and lime-zest fruit abound in this Gem. All of this carries over prominently to a well-structured and well-defined Chardonnay that is clean, crisp, and bright both on entry and through its exceptional mid-range set of flavors and leads to a mouthwatering, delicious finish. The Bean has told me to bring home cases of this Gem for our consumption over the next five to ten years. GREAT VALUE! >>>A K&L WINE MERCHANTS’ DIRECT IMPORT<<< ***** 13.0% ABV *****
Drink from 2017 to 2025

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2017 | Send Email
I find that the 2014 white Burgundies are the best to come along since 2008, and this is one of our best examples of the vintage. Jacques Bavard managed to get more than a little limey, Puligny like zing in this quite concentrated little Bourgogne Blanc. Don't miss out on this great vintage- there is no reason not to try some at this great value price!
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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2017 | Send Email
This is the great twenty dollar bottle of white Burgundy in the store and for a standard Bourgogne blanc we're talking about much smaller quantities. Whereas other producers may make ten thousand cases of bulk wine from fruit sourced from wherever it can be found throughout the region, Bavard uses his relationships to secure small parcels of high quality chardonnay near Puligny for this expression. It's one of the best Burgundy values we carry and it's of a quality beyond what $20 usually nets you in this genre.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/26/2017 | Send Email
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It is often in life you're given a 2nd chance, but with this last shipment of the 2014 Jacques Bavard Bourgogne Blanc you are indeed given a 2nd chance at buying this outrageously good wine. From the stellar 2014 white Burgundy vintage comes this great drinking Bourgogne Blanc. Loaded with white flower, jasmine and citrus aromas this energetic white is full-bodied with citrus and creamy notes as well as a supple palate feel. A flat-out delicious offering this is a white wine not to be missed.
Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2020

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2016 | Send Email
Another great Bourgogne Blanc from Bavard. This shows his signature style...medium fruit weight, great drive and purity, a nice cut of acid (the 2014s aren't short on natural acidity). Mostly showing dry / baked apple, spiced pie crust and hazelnut. Hints of citrus cut from the lingering acidity. Pretty serious wine for the price.
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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/1/2016 | Send Email
One of our absolute best values in White Burgundy! The 2014 Bavard Bourgogne Blanc shows very subtle aromas of orchard fruit and toasted almond. On the palate, the components are very well-integrated: a touch of oak, clean, crisp acidity, round fruit, and a classic tinge of minerality. This drinks quite in the style of a Puligny at a very reasonable price.

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2016 | Send Email
This wines is always the wine that sells out the quickest. The 2014 is very open and approachable. It shows a lovely middle richness and creamy texture that gives way to a crisp, fresh finish. Wonderful acidity this vintage!

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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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13