Winemaker: Michel and Estelle Prunier are a father-daughter winemaking team whose wines are humble and classic. Master of Wine Clive Coates calls the Pruniers “certainly the best grower” in the town, and their wines perfectly fit the charming, small-town Burgundian feel of the region.
Appellation: Auxey-Duresses lies in the valley west of Meursault. Its reds are punchy and bright, with a bit of Pommard pluck; the whites are floral and golden, and at their best resemble their neighbor Meursault. It’s often a source for overperforming white Burgundies like today’s: Prunier’s Auxey-Duresses blanc 2017.
Wine: The nose is gorgeous, showing white flowers and white pepper, with baked lemon beneath. The mouthfeel is round and full, with a long finish full of apple pie and crème brûlée. The Pruniers use only 10% new oak on this wine — all of its depth and texture come from perfectly mature grapes. Cover the label and your guests will think of Santenay or Meursault.
Pairing: Try this with Shrimp Scampi — and there’s enough richness to stand up to some pepper flakes should the moment strike you.
Prunier Auxey-Duresses blanc 2017
bottle price: $48
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