White Burgundy is an easy wine to pair with food. At the high end, an ageworthy bottle Meursault or Puligny can be as subtle and magnificent as a red. Paired with a lobster risotto or veal in cream, it’s a marriage of opulence and charm.
But white Burgundy also answers the call for something uncomplicated and reliable — a Monday night pasta dish, or a hearty bowl of mussels. Gerard Thomas’s Bourgogne blanc has been our go-to white burgundy for nearly a decade now. It has become a “house white” for many of our readers, and has been for a number of well known restaurants in Boston and Philadelphia as well.
It doesn’t make Meursault promises — but it way overdelivers for under $6/glass.
The 2019 Bourgogne from Gérard Thomas has just arrived, along with exiting cuvées from Saint-Aubin and Puligny-Montrachet. Thomas’s 2019 white Burgundies are terrific — classy yellow fruit rippling with energy and golden fleshy roundness. At each classification level the wines drink above their weight.
Thomas’s Bourgogne is always good with food, but we think the 2019 will drink particularly well on its own as well. (In other words, if you open a bottle while you’re still making dinner, better have a second bottle at the ready.) The nose is soft and elegant, with hazelnut and toasty oak notes melting into lemon and baked apple fruit. The mouth is round and mouthcoating, with delicate freshness acidity balancing a shimmering core.
It’s hard to find Bourgogne blanc under $30 these days, and with the tariffs removed we think this is a terrific bargain. We strongly recommend setting aside a night for a high-end white Burgundy — Thomas’s other 2019s are great options. But for a busy weeknight when all you need is something balanced and crisp and refreshing, this is as good as Bourgogne blanc gets.
Thomas Bourgogne blanc 2019
bottle price: $28
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