Perfect Everyday White Burgundy. $28

Ravaut’s weeknight Bourgogne blanc is terrific and affordable

Vincent Ravaut’s Bourgogne blanc has become a favorite among readers in recent years. He makes excellent village-level Ladoix blanc and magnificent (and rare) Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru. But his humble Bourgogne blanc punches way above its weight, particularly this year.

Vincent’s excellent 2020 white Burgundies are in our March Futures issue, just out yesterday – but his 2019s are in stock and drinking beautifully. The 2019 vintage provided Burgundy winemakers with limit supply, but excellent quality. A difficult spring led to low yields and higher concentration at all levels. Ravaut’s entry-level Bourgogne blanc is proof that excellent wines aren’t limited to pricey zip codes — this is as good as a $6 glass of white Burgundy gets.

Ravaut is a master of careful oaking, and this Bourgogne is perfectly supported. The nose shows white flowers, silk, ripe lemon and just a whisper of toast. The mouth is rich and vibrant, with excellent sucrocité and lovely freshness.

Particularly in 2019 this is far more concentrated than most Bourgogne-level whites, a result of careful winemaking in an excellent vintage. This wine has the intensity to drink well for 2-3 years, and indeed it’s only improved since its arrival last summer. Pair with breaded flounder, chicken thighs, or a simple weeknight pasta.


Ravaut Bourgogne blanc 2019
bottle price: $28

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