Christy Canterbury MW

Location: New York, NY

Master of Wine. Wine judge+public speaker. Journalist for Media+SOMM Journal+Civiltà del Bere+others. Short-listed for the 2014 Roederer Online Communicator of the Year Award. Incorrigible traveler!

2010 White Burgundy Recommendations


In Burgundy, every vintage feels like a roll of the dice. Today’s disaster is tomorrow’s glory, Mother Nature willing. And, vice versa.

Yes, Chardonnay is the Holy Grail in Burgundy, but there’s also some awfully cool juice that comes from a few other grapes and sometimes for less coin.

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Domaine Louis Moreau Petit Chablis Villages (2010)
Comments: Petit Chablis comes from lesser sites around Chablis. It’s lighter in body and concentration, but it still demonstrates the region’s terroir. It does so here with a stunning intensity of granite, flint and grapefruit aromas. The finish is brief, but the wine is pleasurable and available for a song. Drink up.
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2 Patrick Piuze Chablis Terroir de Courgis (2010)
Comments: It’s amazing that Patrick is only on his third vintage under this label and that he buys fruit. A fervent terroirist, he vinifies to express the grapes’ true essence. This wine is squeaky clean, charged with oyster shell and gunpowder and brimming with lean citrus fruit. Drink now to 2015.
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3 Domaine de Marsoif Bourgogne Tonnerre la Cuvée de Marguerite (2010)
Comments: This Bourgogne-appellation Chardonnay bears the Tonnerre distinction. Tonnerre sits northeast of Chablis. The nose is timid, but the fruit is juicy. The palate unfolds a lightly tugging texture attributable to the nervy acidity and resolute dryness. The finish evaporates, but it will be a delightful quaffer through 2013.
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4 Domaine Ghislaine et Jean-Hugues Goisot St. Bris Exogyra Virgula (2010)
Comments: Goisot really masters les petits vins, wines from less-esteemed appellations. St. Bris is southwest of Chablis and this is a Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit is well-concentrated and the wine displays excellent Sauvignon Blanc typicity. Cut grass, gooseberry and grapefruit zing the palate and finish with excellent minerality. Drink through 2013.
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5 Domaine Lucien Boillot & Fils Pinot Beurot les Grands Poisots (2010)
Comments: Pinot Beurot is an old Burgundian name for Pinot Gris. It’s hard to recognize the variety here, but its taste and texture are Burgundian, perhaps due in part to the 50 plus-year-old vines. This vin shows pure fruit, crystalline acidity and chalky texture. Fairly short length. Drink through 2014.
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6 Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine Pernand Vergelesses Blanc "Clos Berthet" Premier Cru Monopole Chardonnay Burgundy Cote de Beaune (2010)
Comments: Christine Dubreuil personifies the classic French lady. She is polished, charming and politely confident – like her wines. This is her monopole, an extension of Sous Frétille. Chiseled by its acidity and balanced by its creamy mid-palate, this wine is assertively mineral with Seckel pear and white peach. Drink through 2018.
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7 Pierre Matrot Bourgogne Chardonnay (2010)
Comments: Restrained nose with subdued fruits. Fern, moss and marjoram surface first. With time in the glass, mirabelle and Comice pear appear. A tremendous saline quality makes the wine zesty and dry, and there’s a chalkiness that is almost Chablisienne. Medium-plus finish – very impressive for “just” a Bourgogne.
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8 François Mikulski Aligoté (2010)
Comments: This is a brisk wine with a solid acidic spine. Medium in body with excellent concentration, the flavors range from orange peel and Anjou pear to bamboo and cactus. There’s also an unusual and lovely spiciness. Drink now to 2014.
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9 Domaine Ragot Givry Blanc Champ Pourot France Burgundy (2010)
Comments: Lovely, like Meursault but with less pronounced acidity, this wine shows lovely purity and style. Flavors abound and include sweet milk, ripe Cameo apple and a sliver of honeycomb. The medium-plus finish suggests this has a ways to go. Drink now to 2016.
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10 Viré-Clessé Domaine de Roally (2010)
Comments: This wine shows an impressive mingling of citrus – grapefruit zest, tangerine pulp and orange pith. The breadth and weight on the palate are akin to half-and-half and there are raw milk flavors here, too. Hints of fresh mushrooms surface on the fairly brief finish. Enjoy its youth through 2014.
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11 Henri Perrusset Mâcon-Villages (2010)
Comments: The attack shows an impressive dryness that gives the wine a lightly dusty quality across the palate. Deeply mineral with impeccably clean fruit, lemons, yellow grapefruit and mango combine on the palate. Moderate finish. Enjoy through 2016.
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