Henry Greuzard La Roche Vineuse 2016

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Henry Greuzard La Roche Vineuse 2016

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.