The last "Winesipper," while noting chardonnay was native to Burgundy, France, focused on examples of the variety from other regions. This time around, I thought it only fair we give the original a go. Chardonnay might be the predominant white Burgundy grape, but it's not the only one—and a ringer in the tasting proved worthy.
2014 Louis Jadot MAcon-Villages Chardonnay, $14
The southern Burgundy region of Macon primarily produces white wine and it's known for value priced chardonnay. Granny Smith apple aromas lead off here, colored by notes of fresh baked bread and a hint of coconut. This is an exceptionally well balanced wine. The peach and tropical fruit flavors are round and ripe with spicy apple coming through on the supple finish.
2014 Michel Sarrazin Bourgogne Aligote, Charnailles, $24
Aligote is the other white wine grape planted in Burgundy, with roots dating back to the 17th century. This version offers lovely floral aromas of quince and tropical fruit, with hints of clover and flint. Tropical fruit leads off on the palate, blending nicely with peach, pear and tart apple. Lively citrus and light mineral come through on the finish.
2013 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Les Setilles, $27
The vines for the intro level chardonnay from this prestigious domain are located in Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault, averaging 40 years in age. Baked apple blends nicely with subtle bacon fat and lime on the nose. While not cheap, this wine over-delivers on the palate, showing an exquisite elegance. The mineral laced lime and pear flavors linger on the long finish.