Floral, Intense, Exquisite 2019 White Burgundy

Ravaut’s Ladoix blanc is terrific again in 2019

If there’s any place left hidden in Burgundy, it might be the appellation Ladoix. In recent decades the demand for Burgundy has skyrocketed, and it sometimes seems like there isn’t much left to discover.

But even a serious Burgundy collector might have trouble finding Ladoix [lah-DWAH] on a map. Located just north of the famous Hill of Corton, the vineyards of Ladoix are downslope from some of Burgundy’s finest Grand Crus. Our longtime source here is the Domaine Ravaut, a traditional domaine making excellent wines of both colors.

Ravaut’s make several delicious reds from Ladoix, but it’s their white Ladoix we’ve always found really exceptional. From vines planted down slope from Corton-Charlemagne, Ravaut’s Ladoix blanc does an admirable impression of the great Grand Cru, and at a fraction of the price. It was writer Bill Nanson’s description of this wine as a “baby Corton-Charlemagne” that first drew us here, and it rings true today.

The 2019 in Ladoix particular bursts with concentration and length. The density of this wine might have tempted a less careful winemaker to dial up the oak, but winemaker Vincent Ravaut has kept the wood to a minimum, leaving room for the gorgeous floral depth to shine through. Look for pear fruit with beeswax, vanilla, gardenia and chalk.

We’re hard pressed to think of a better sub-$50 white Burgundy in our cellar.


Ravaut Ladoix blanc 2019
bottle price: $49

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