Bourgogne Wines to Drink Now: Young and Surprising Whites Mouth-watering, juicy and fresh, Bourgogne’s hidden whites can be enjoyed for $20 or less

Bourgogne Wines to Drink Now: Young and Surprising Whites

Mouth-watering, juicy and fresh, Bourgogne’s hidden whites can be enjoyed for $20 or less

New York, NY, May 3rd, 2016 – Bourgogne, the iconic French wine region known for its terroir-driven approach, presents its selection of $20-and-under, lively and crisp white wines to stay cool across the summer season. While best known to be Chardonnay-based, Bourgogne’s diverse whites can also be produced using other white grape varietals, such as Sauvignon Blanc and Aligoté, in lesser-known appellations. Ready to be drunk young, these white wines are ideal for warm weather sipping and suitable for any budget.

Saint-Bris

Saint-Bris-le-Vineux is the only district in Bourgogne where the Sauvignon grape is cultivated. Grown on this Burgundian terroir, the Sauvignon Blanc grape here yields dry, light and pleasantly fresh wines. Featuring aromas of citrus fruits, peach and crushed blackcurrant leaves, these wines pack a summery punch.

Enjoyed as a pre-diner drink, they stimulate the taste-buds with their mouth-watering acidity. For a meal, try pairing them with seafood: these wines’ splendid aromatic range makes them a wonderful partner for oysters and shellfish and their vivacity enlivens fish dishes and Scandinavian-style recipes. These wines also work very well with highly-spiced curries or saffron-flavored dishes.

Bourgogne Aligoté

Bourgogne Aligoté is a delicious white wine that is young, stylish and a little different. Pale gold in color, it offers a well-balanced taste, and ranges from a fruity bouquet with notes of apple and lemon to a more floral palette. In the mouth, this vibrant wine tickles and surprises the taste buds.

While Bourgogne Aligoté is traditionally associated with drinking Kir, a local specialty mixed drink, it has its own qualities and deserves to be enjoyed in its own right. It is a perfect match for grilled fish, and its liveliness and citrus notes stand up well to the saltiness of oysters and strong goat cheese. It is also one of the rare wines that does not overpower tabouleh or steamed vegetables.

Saint-Véran

Saint-Véran, the Village appellation of the Mâconnais region, produces solely Chardonnay-based wines, like most appellations in Bourgogne. Pale yellow gold in color, these wines’ nose develops aromas of subtle fruit (peach and pear) or flowers (acacia, honeysuckle) often over notes of fresh almond, hazelnut, and sometimes honey. On the palate, these white wines are dry and well-rounded, mineral and lively.

Their clean, open attack and citrusy notes call for dishes that can mitigate their ardor, such as an oily fish, poached or simply fried. Risottos containing sea-food will also do well, as their mellow texture will blend harmoniously with the acidity of the wine. For an aperitif, serve them along-side cheeses, such as goat cheeses, Bleu de Bresse, Comté, Beaufort, and Gruyère.

Bourgogne Blanc

Entirely made from the Chardonnay grape, Bourgogne blanc is light golden in color, limpid and crystalline, often with greenish highlights. Bourgogne blanc expresses different aromas depending on its origin: in the northern part of Bourgogne (Grand Auxerrois), it develops aromas of gunflint or field mushroom; in the Côtes and Hautes Côtes de Beaune and de Nuits it presents hazelnut with a hint of honey, butter and spices; while in the Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais, notes of white flowers (hawthorn, acacia) and flint dominate. On the palate it is aromatic, delicate but not light, full without being heavy, unctuous and firm.

Bourgogne blanc’s sprightliness makes it a delicate and tasty pre-dinner drink, while its wide-ranging and persistent aromatic spectrum makes it a team player in the kitchen; especially with fish and shellfish. Its power allows it to work will with onion tarts, as well as over a wide variety of soft and hard cheeses; such as Brie, Vacherin, Saint-Nectaire, Mont-d’Or, Beaufort, Comté and all varieties of Gruyère.

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About the Bourgogne Wine Board:

The Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) is a non-profit association under the 1901 law. Managed by elected members, the Bourgogne Wines Board (BIVB) brings together the wine region’s two families – viticulture and négoce - in order to define strategic aims. It comprises 300 Maisons de négoce, 17 Cooperative cellars, and 3,850 wine-producing estates. The trade board represents and defends the interests of Bourgogne wine producers. To that end, it carries out initiatives involving those in the trade and wine lovers, while at the same time providing technical support and market advice to wine professionals.

For media queries, please contact:

Marguerite de Chaumont Quitry

Sopexa c/o Bourgogne Wines Board

marguerite.dechaumont-quitry@sopexa.com

+1 (212) 386-7441

Cécile Mathiaud

Bourgogne Wines Board (BIVB)

cecile.mathiaud@bivb.com

+ 33 (0)3 80 25 95 76

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For media queries, please contact:

Marguerite de Chaumont Quitry

Sopexa c/o Bourgogne Wines Board

marguerite.dechaumont-quitry@sopexa.com

+1 (212) 386-7441

Cécile Mathiaud

Bourgogne Wines Board (BIVB)

cecile.mathiaud@bivb.com

+ 33 (0)3 80 25 95 76