This is not a wine I have come across before but I was seriously impressed with its purity and intensity. Winemaker Nick Mills spent some time working with leading Burgundy producers and has made his wine 100% biodynamic which also means no pesticides or herbicides. There is the distinctive grapefruit taste of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but the extra balance and minerality makes this stand out from the crowd. It also received a very high score from www.JancisRobinson.com.
The Fiano grape is growing in popularity in Southern Italy and Sicily and this example shows why. Owned by a trio of Italian, French and Dutch winemakers who got together in 2009,Carlomagno is a full flavoured assertive wine with fresh melon flavours mixed with lemon. Exceptional value at only £8.25 a bottle, I implore you to try it.
Blaye used to distil most of its white grapes into Cognac, but there are still a couple of hundred hectares that still make dry white wine, predominantly from Sauvignon Blanc with a splash of Semillon grapes. This deliciously fresh wine comes from a five-acre plot and is remarkably cheap because the vintner cleverly uses barrels destined for his red wine, which is bottled slightly later. A perfect introduction to the much-neglected dry white wine of Bordeaux.
This classification, originally part of Macon, is a mere 20 years old but the vines themselves are considerably older. These are bright, full-bodied white Burgundies that punch considerably above their weight with their heady honeyed flavour of pale stone fruits. Now under the control of Gautier Thénevet, his father Jean was perhaps the most famous producer of these compelling wines, which are ready for consumption now but would happily keep for five years or so.