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Affordable White Burgundy for Bastille Day


Revue, Place de la Bastille, 14/7/17. Agnece Rol. Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, EI-13 (562).

Revue, Place de la Bastille, 14/7/17. Agence Rol. Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Estampes et photographie, EI-13 (562).

We have not drunk much white Burgundy so I recently took advantage of dump bin pricing and Joe’s advice to stock up for this blog.  The 2009 Domaine Antoine Jobard, Bourgogne Blanc is the oldest of the trio featured in this post.  This wine also saw the most oak which has integrated itself into a supportive toast note.  The wine tastes mature but the flavors were fresh and tangy letting it drink well over several nights.  The 2011 Domaine Rémi Jobard, Bourgogne Blanc  is younger by two years, spent less time in oak but tastes more advanced with its apple orchard flavors.  It took a day or two for the 2012 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droîn, Chablis to show its best.  It bore flinty aromas and precise flavors in the mouth but I think it was still wound a little tight.  I suggest you wait until the winter to drink this.  For your Bastille Day celebrations I suggest you pick up the Antoine Jobard and Jean-Paul & Benoit Droîn.  These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2009 Domaine Antoine Jobard, Bourgogne Blanc – $20
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is 100% Chardonnay sourced from four parcels averaging 20 years of age.  The wine was fermented in 20% new oak barrels then aged on the lees for 20-23 months without any stirring.  Alcohol 13%.  There was a light nose of yellow fruit and toast.  In the mouth were slightly round flavors of yellow lemons and fruit.  The flavors become fresh as the wine advances.  There was a toast note throughout and a pleasing hint of tannins in the aftertaste.  It had a slightly tangy finish and salivating acidity.  Drinking well right now.  *** Now.

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2011 Domaine Rémi Jobard, Bourgogne Blanc – $20
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is 100% Chardonnay sourced from a vineyard bordering Meursault.  It is fermented then aged for 16 months in large Austrian oak barrels.  Alcohol 13%.  The color was a light yellow straw.  The nose revealed a little fallen orchard fruit with a wood hint.  The aromas smelled more mature with air.  In the mouth were white fruit flavors that had an apple orchard note.  There was an initial tang on the tongue before the white rounded out in the middle.  The fruit developed a lemon citrus flavor with a pithe-like texture and plenty of citric acidity kept it lively.  The aftertaste left the impression of an earthy, old-school quality.  ** Now.

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2012 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droîn, Chablis – $20
Imported by Eric Solomon European Cellars Selection.  This wine is 100% Chardonnay which was fermented then aged in stainless steel.  Alcohol 12.5%.  The nose revealed yellow, flinty fruit.  In the mouth were flavors of white fruit that morphed into lemon and yellow fruit.  The wine was clean with precise flavors of lemon notes, a rounded natured, very good texture, and integrated acidity that will let the wine live for some time.  *** Now-2017.

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