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.
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).