Producer Suzanne Farwell & White Burgundy
Wines of the Night
2013 Domaine A. et P. de Villaine Rully Blanc Les Saint-Jacques ($36)
The richest white Burgundy in the de Villaine stable, this Rully is an exercise in balance. Hazelnut and quince paste greet the nose, followed by a dense mouthful of ripe, succulent yellow fruits. Despite its voluptuousness, the wine is dry, fresh, very stony, and even salty—mouthwateringly delicious. This vintage is magnificent for Les Saint-Jacques, and ample proof of the high quality of terroir in this southern stronghold of Burgundy. The fact that it isn’t premier cru, well, that’s proof of a talented grower, because it sure does taste like it.
2013 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru ($60)
This is among the top 10 most highly rated Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot wines (based on critic scores): the 2013 vintage was given a score of 18/20 by Jancis Robinson and the 2012 vintage was given a score of 93 by Wine Spectator. Ranked second for number of awards won among wines from this region: the Guide Hachette des Vins awarded the 1 vintage 1 Star. One of the most expensive white wines from Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot (top 10). The price has been rising over the past three years.
2013 Jean-Noel Gagnard Chassagne-Montrachet "Les Chaumees" 1er Cru ($90)
Jean-Noel Gagnard's Les Chaumees 1er Cru comes from the northern part of the Chassagne appellation, giving a fresher more vivacious note to the wine. A very pretty wine, with notes of fresh apples and a superb length. All Gagnard’s wines were showing incredible this year and worth stocking up on.