Boisset Bourgogne Chardonnay 2014

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This week I’ve decided to pick my ultimate Christmas white wine. I’m a boring old traditionalist so it’ll be a turkey on our table on Christmas day and I’m assuming that most people out there will be doing the same, so if you’re still figuring things out for the big day then let me see if I can help you out. For me has simply has to be Chardonnay and more specifically, Burgundy. Boisset Wines have been amongst our favourites ever since head winemaker and legendary Burgundian dude, Gregory Patriat cruised in to the shop back in 2004 and wowed us with his exceptional silver hair (seriously, Google him) and brilliant range of wines. His speciality is making wines from tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines. Boisset Bourgogne Blanc 2014 (£16) is my ultimate Christmas white wine is made using fruit mainly from selected parcels from the Cote de Beaune. A rare thing and automatically sets it apart from other producers who tend to source their Bourgogne Blanc fruit from the cheaper Maconnais area. It really is an extraordinary piece of work. First of all it delivers a pleasant attack of apple, lime and talc on the nose followed by noticeably more weight than expected with great persistence and some tension on the back palate that is zesty, precise and mineral. For those of you not having turkey on Christmas day then why not try it as an aperitif, I’ll be doing that too, in fact I’ll probably have a glass instead of a cup of tea whilst opening my stockings.

Boisset Bourgogne Chardonnay 2014