A regional white wine produced in the Burgundy region of France. True White Burgundy is Chardonnay varietal based and have no connection to cheap jug wines that have adopted the name for their labels. The highest quality White Burgundies are produced only in very limited quantities and tend to be pricey.
Characteristics: The Chardonnay grapes of the White Burgundy produce wines that are citrusy and have a sharp acidity. They may exhibit austere-flinty characteristics or smooth-mineral characteristics; dependent on the area it was produced.
Ageing: Oak ageing benefits the Chardonnay varietal and brings out hints of vanilla. Although bottle ageing can shorten the life of a Chardonnay, it softens the crispness of the grape. Different ageing techniques create different wine characteristics. Some high quality Chardonnay’s will age up to 10 years.
Serving temperature: Serve at a temperature of 40º-45º F.
Food pairings: White Burgundies encircle a large range of dry wines that tend to pair better when they are not heavily oaked; some examples are cannelloni with ricotta, crab cakes, escargots, fish, smoked fish, poultry pâté, goose pâté, vegetable pâté, pork, and shellfish.