A beautiful chardonnay with lissom curves

If you only buy one 2016 white Burgundy, says Matthew Jukes – make sure it is this one.


2016 Lea & Sandeman White Burgundy, France (£13.95, reduced to £12.50 each by the case, Lea & Sandeman, 020-7244 0522, LeaAndSandeman.co.uk).

The annual Burgundy En Primeur season looms (next week) and the common trailer message is nigh-Biblical in its doom. With hail, mildew and frost along with reduced allocations, exchange-rate issues and, of course, a Brexit topping, this is going to be a somewhat fraught campaign.

I am tired of the negativity and spin which is already permeating into the market and, while this stellar region has clearly been bashed in 2016, it's not the first time and it will not be the last. In order to highlight the best wines from the UK's leading wine merchants, I will be publishing daily notes on my website on the most impactful and important wines. If you want to buy wine, then stick your hand up because I am sure every merchant in the UK will want your business.

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So grab a ringside seat next week in front of your laptop or smartphone, and pour yourself a glass of this delicious white wine. This is a beautiful 2016 chardonnay, which is already bottled and in the market, and for a thoroughly reasonable price, you can bathe in its innocent palate and lissom curves. If you buy only one 2016 white Burgundy, it should be this one!

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.com).

Matthew Jukes

Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for well over three decades and during this time has written 14 wine books.  

Matthew regularly lectures, judges, speaks at wine conferences and runs masterclass tastings for both corporate and private clients all over the world. Matthew is also the creator of his ground-breaking initiative, the One Day Wine School, an indulgent day of tasting and learning first performed in 2006.

He has been the MoneyWeek wine correspondent since 2006 and has written a weekly column for the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine since 1999. His four highly-acclaimed, annual wine reports – the Burgundy En Primeur Report, the Bordeaux En Primeur Report, the Piemonte Report and the 100 Best Australian Wines – are published on his website, www.matthewjukes.com.

Matthew is one of the world’s leading experts on Australian wine and, with Brisbane-based wine writer Tyson Stelzer, runs an annual competition in Australia to find ‘The Great Australian Red’.  He was made Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK at the 2012 Australia Day Foundation Gala dinner. 

Matthew is a winner of the International Wine and Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year Trophy.  His thoughts, recommendations and tastings notes are followed very closely by the wine world at large.