Chardonnay is the main white grape variety of Burgundy and it’s those wines that winemakers worldwide try to emulate.
Burgundy has a unique combination of climate, land, and tradition that produces wines that are revered by many but never precisely replicated anywhere else.
You could have been drinking Burg for years and not even know it. Chablis is Chardonnay which is completely different from Macon Blanc which is of the same grape.
What is White Burgundy?
In a nutshell, white Burg falls into 4 categories which come from different regions within Burgundy. Each region has unique terroir (a mixture of climate, soil type, terrain and wine making tradition) which gives the wine it’s characteristics.
Here’s a quick low down on the 4 categories:
Bourgogne Blanc: Simple White Wine: The Entry Level Burg
Easy drinking, every day sippers. Almost always unoaked these are light with mineral, fresh apple and lemon citrus notes. The wines will usually have a slightly nutty, salty quality.
Bourgogne blanc is the basic white appellation of Burgundy which means grapes used for a single bottle can come from anywhere in the entire region.
They are often the most affordable and provide the entry level taste profile of white Burgundy.
Here are 3 great examples of basic affordable Bourgogne Blanc:
Adnams Bourgogne Blanc from Adnams Cellars
Thibert Bourgogne Chardonnay from Majestic Wine
Waitrose White Burgundy from Waitrose