For many white wine fans, France’s Burgundy region makes the world’s finest Chardonnay. And if you know where to look, there are also fantastic values to be found – like this opulent beauty from the fourth-generation Greuzard family and their acclaimed Greffière estate.
Their vines are nestled in the Mâconnais (which produces “easily the best-value, pure Chardonnay wine in the world,” (Sotheby’s World Wine Encyclopedia). Their top vineyard – La Roche Vineuse – boasts old vines up to 50 years old, and the grapes it yields are deliciously concentrated. Winemaker Xavier Greuzard hand-picked and selected the fruit that went into this exclusive cuvee, which he named in honor of his grandfather (a mentor and a lifelong Chardonnay lover).
Xavier lavished the wine with kid-glove care in the winery and used lees stirring (a traditional technique) to impart a rich, creamy complexity to the wine. Serve lightly chilled with white meats, risotto or a creamy seafood dish.
Xavier’s a stickler for quality, and only made a small batch – so you’ll need to be quick if you want to have a taste.