From one of the most esteemed regions for Grüner Veltliner production, this is from a family-owned estate in the heart of the Kamptal region. It is the most commonly planted grape variety planted in Austria but has only really expanded beyond the country in the past decade and can now be found on most top restaurant wine lists. It is defined by pepperiness to its apple and pear flavours with enough citrus and mineral elements to make it properly dry. If you are tired of being disappointed searching for seriously dry Riesling, this is the wine to try.
Coming from the Madiran region of southwest France, this wine has a cleansing citric freshness with white fruit mid-flavours. This region is better known for its sweet white wines, but this dry wine is made entirely of a trio of local grape varieties (Gros Manseng, Petit Courbu and Arrufiac). Gauthier Soho, one of the most popular French restaurants in London, serves this as their house white - indicating its excellence.
Given that this is made by Domaine Leflaive, it is no surprise that while this is from one of the humblest regions of southern Burgundy, it is exceptional. Grown biodynamically from five tiny plots, Corney & Barrow rightfully call it the least expensive fine wine in the world. Taut, with a minerally undertone, it still manages to have a slightly honeyed edge – the typical combination of the greatest white Burgundies. Perfect for drinking now, and it will also age for another five or more years.
This Chardonnay was served with a delicious starter of poached cod, savoy cabbage and Alsace bacon at our most recent wine pairing dinner at Noize, London. The food served to highlight the complexity of the wine and its potential to improve for a few more years to come.
Our wine editor, Bruce Palling, describes it as being far from typical turbocharged New World Chardonnays, but a complex elegant example that would easily stand comparison with White Burgundy.
There is also the Glass Collection Unoaked Chardonnay 2018 available in this offer.