Domaine de Montbourgeau
France (France), Jura (France)
12 x 750 ml
Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Rich Fish, Soft Cheese, White Meat
“Delicious Chardonnay from Jura, in an oxidative style: aromas of bruised apple, nuts, maple syrup and butter pear. The mouth is marked by the same flavours, carried by a fresh acidity, with notes of dried fruits and buckwheat honey. To try with an open mind if you’re not familiar with the style, but so cool. A wine with a bit of bang; a match like no other for maple poultry, chicken with curry or morels, and simply stunning with Comté cheese.” - Véronique Rivest
"The whites tend to spend one winter in topped up foudres and a second one in barriques that are not refilled. The current 2014 L'Etoile is the basic white produced exclusively with Chardonnay and is from a cooler year, which seemed to have a lighter effect of the veil of yeasts, built around freshness and minerality rather than volume. It has settled down already and has good complexity. Long and fresh. I'm sure this is going to be long lived in bottle."
91+ points - Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, Dec 2017> Learn More
Italy (Italy), Sardinia (Italy)
12 x 750 ml
Breads, Cured Meat, Hard Cheese, Rich Fish, White Meat
"Bright straw. Herbs, white peach, and white flowers emerge at first on the nose, then more yellow peach appears with further aeration. Ripe and round, but has enough harmonious acidity and floral lift to stay light on its feet and interesting. The long, bright finish features a lingering note of jasmine. The softer, sweeter mouthfeel is due to slightly lower acidity than usual in 2016. A blend of 80% Vernaccia di Oristano (grown on alluvial soils) and 20% Vermentino (grown on volcanic soils)." - Ian d'Agata, Vinous Media, March 2018
96 points - Luca Maroni Guide 2018> Learn More
Burgundy (France), France (France)
12 x 750 ml
Hard Cheese, Rich Fish, Roasted Vegetables, Soft Cheese, Vegetables, White Meat
"The 2012 Pouilly Fuissé les Petites Bruyeres comes from 30-year-old vines, fermented in both barrel and stainless steel where the wine matures for 11 months. It has a pretty bouquet with scents of lemon peel, freshly cut pear, nettle and limestone. The palate is fresh and vibrant with crisp acidity, fine tension with a tightly wound, minerally finish that suggests two or three years in bottle will be required. This is an austere, but classy, Pouilly-Fuisse and I suspect it will age extremely well. This comes highly recommended."
91 points - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Oct 2014> Learn More
At WineOnline.ca we absolutely love white wine. White grapes, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Verdejo, Riesling, Garganega etc, (there are 1000’s more), produce roughly the same quantity of grapes as their red counterparts, but for reasons unknown, many people believe a good white wine should cost less than a quality bottle of red wine. A quality white wine typically takes as much time and energy to produce as a quality red wine. Neither must be expensive, but to expect more quality from a popular white wine for less money than a red, does not make sense.
Of course, white wines can be all over the map. There is sweet white wine, the most famous of which is, of course, Sauternes which is produced in Bordeaux. Sauternes is produced from the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes, though you will never see Sauvignon Blanc or Semillon written on the label. Chateau Yquem would be the most recognizable name/producer in Sauternes, and of course, the most expensive of the Sauternes producers. The Hungarian version of iconic sweet wine, is Tokaj, which is perhaps not quite as famous, but equally delicious. There are dry white wines which are produced all over the world, but many would suggest the best dry white wine is produced in Burgundy, with the most popular white wine produced in Burgundian churning out Montrachet or derivatives of Montrachet, such as Batard Monthrachet, or Bievenue Batard Montrachet. All of the white wine in Burgundy is produced from the Chardonnay grape, though once again, you will rarely, if ever, see Chardonnay written on the label. If you are looking for a different style of Chardonnay, perhaps something oakier, you may want to consider finding great white wine types in different areas of California. Napa Chardonnay, or Chardonnay from Santa Barbara are a couple of the more famous areas for production. If you are looking for the best white wine, you might consider looking in Spain, Portugal, Italy or even South America. There are countless good white wine produced in the Mediterranean countries where they often consume more white wine than red. I believe there are a number of reasons for this. 1st of all, it is typically very warm and people want to drink something cool and refreshing, 2nd, there is a lot of fishing and it is hard to argue that white wine does not go better with fish than red wine.
Some white wine lovers might suggest the best Sauvignon Blanc comes from New Zealand, my personal favourite regions for Sauvignon Blanc production are Sancerre and even those from Southern Austria and Slovenia. I must impress on you that I am of the opinion that best is always in the eye of taste buds of the wine drinker. There is no right or wrong, and only opinion. Whether you like bold white wines, or elegant light white wines, sweet white wine, or dry, at WineOnline.ca we scour the world to ensure you are drinking the best, and the best value white wines there are anywhere.