2016 Mâcon-Chardonnay, Clos de la Crochette, Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon, Burgundy, France £22.50, Tanners, 01743-234455, Tanners-wines.co.uk
I was asked what my favourite white grape was the other day and I instantly replied chardonnay. I then felt a little sheepish at naming such an obvious choice. I suppose I drink more chardonnay than any other white grape. I certainly have more in my cellar, although riesling is not far behind.
I just cannot live my life without top flight Chablis, carefully picked Côte de Beaune stunners, lusty Adelaide Hills and Margaret River beauties, among others in Australia, and, importantly, the elite wines coming out of the Mâconnais. If you can identify a handful of top producers in this part of the world, you will pay less and drink better than if you try to chance it in the Côte d’Or.
Lafon is a titan in Meursault and the southerly outpost of this empire also makes thrilling wines. My featured single vineyard number is sublime. I cannot see why you would pay more when this smells and tastes like a wine which has a £50 price tag. The fruit, oak and acidity are in delightful harmony already – discreetly rich while retaining a clean, crisp finish. Buy all you can because Clos de la Crochette will amaze you with its grace.
If you want to grab another unlikely hero, then Tanners also has 2016 Saint-Romain Alain Gras (£26.50) – a mineral-soaked temptress. You can now tick this grape off your shopping list for the rest of the year.
• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.com).