Have Jay & Aly discovered THE best value Burgundy? - Old Bridge Cellars

Have Jay & Aly discovered THE best value Burgundy?

Nov 03, 2022Jay Beeson

Jay and Aly here!! Every now and then we taste wine that we just HAVE to share with you. 

Distant memories of year 10 economics class come to mind when we think about the current pricing of one of our favourite wine regions, Burgundy. The push and pull factors of supply and demand have had a huge effect on the prices of wines being produced from Chablis in the North all the way down to Beaujolais in the South and everywhere in between.

Increased global demand for these iconic wine styles, paired with several low yielding vintages have seen a dramatic increase in the price for these wines, making even the entry-level wines expensive and the iconic and cult producers have become, frankly, unattainable.....UNTIL NOW. May we present, Laurent Chardigny.

Nestled in the South of Burgundy, Laurent Chardigny crafts his own wines from sustainably grown fruit sourced from Domaine de Rochebin, which was established in 1921, for which he is the Chief Winemaker.

We have managed to secure limited quantities of his wines, which unquestionably deliver some of the best value to be found anywhere in the region. Sitting here writing this email, we keep going from keyboard to glass and back again and are astounded with what we are seeing. Unequivocally Burgundy, the Chardonnay is savoury and textural and the Pinot Noir concentrated and layered.

Disclaimer: Both of these wines are much more serious than their price point suggests. We recommend to decant these wines, for and hour of two if possible. Your last sip of these is always the best and along with instant gratification on opening, they will reward careful cellaring.

Laurent Chardigny Bourgogne Blanc 2020
$36 Max 12 per person

Upon pouring, this floral and slightly savoury wine alluded to the quality underneath. While initially shy, as the wine warms up, balanced citrus, white flowers, honey suckle and white peach appeared. The palate is where the wine shone. Beautifully textured, waxy even, nectarine and apple skins broke through a slightly reductive and alluring nuttiness. Structured in a similar vein to a 1er Cru Chablis we have no problem highly recommending you this wine for any occasion. Rain, hail or shine.

Burgundy aficionados would be well aware that the 2019 vintage in Burgundy has been unequivocally viewed as one of the greatest vintages for many years and have been quickly snapped up by collectors and enthusiasts alike. This stellar vintage is on full display with this wine, featuring a balance of pleasant fruit, earthy complexity and clever, integrated oak. Again shy on the nose (we decanted for roughly one hour) it was bursting with dark, sweet fruits of cherry and plums as well as a whiff of forest floor, savoury spices and a terroir driven minerality. Clever, sweet and charry oak adds even more depth and complexity. Treat this like a $100 Burgundy and let it take you on its journey.

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