Ask any Chardonnay lover to describe the wonders of this grape and they would struggle to do so without taking you on a verbal tour of Burgundy. The region arguably lends the most expression to the grape variety, and is considered by some as the spiritual home of Chardonnay.
My recent personal discovery lead me to the Saint-Aubin appellation of Côte de Beaune. Located in a side valley to the west of heavyweights Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin can offer real value for money for familiar regional charms.
In the glass this wine has a wonderful glossy gold colour, often referred to as “the colour of sunshine”, and typical of the region. The nose is prominent yet refined, giving odours of red apple, cream, honey and hints of peach.
The same profiles come through with added finesse on the palate with an added touch of citrus, balanced oak and a touch of spice. This wine is elegantly rich, with excellent depth and well structured with a long finish.
A versatile wine for food, this would stand up to a number of dishes. I had this with a lightly spiced Bombay chicken dish and it cut through wonderfully. At under £17 for this 2012 Premier Cru, I will certainly be keeping my eyes peeled for Saint-Aubin in the future!
Winery: Domaine du Pimont
Grape variety: Chardonnay
Region: Saint-Aubin, Côte de Beaune
Food pairing: Meaty fish, chicken, cured meats, soft cheeses