2017 Chablis, Domaine Adhémar et Francis Boudin, Burgundy, France £18.95, reduced to £16.95 by the case, Lea & Sandeman, 020-7244 0522, LeaAndSandeman.co.uk
I tasted 1,272 Burgundies in the second week of January while compiling my 2017 Burgundy En Primeur Report. Only 167 of these gained my hard-earned accreditation, “QP”. Qualité prix or, to give it its full expression “rapport qualité prix”, is the French term for “value”, but it means much more than this.
Great value wines are often thought of as cheapies that over-deliver, but I use these two capital letters to denote wines that demonstrate extraordinary value for money, no matter how steep the price tag may be.
The 2017 vintage was a generous one and only the Chablis region suffered from lower yields on account of frost (again). It is good news that Burgundians finally have some wine to sell after two very short harvests. The wines are slender, calm, bright and evocative, and the best examples have good mid-palates and nice fruit ripeness, whereas the others seem just a little too mean and edgy, with tart acidity and sour tannins.
This week, I have found a QP wine which is already bottled and on our shelves so you can buy it, drink it, and in one sip understand the shape and size of the best wines from the 2017 vintage. Boudin’s Chablis is stunning value and it is the finest village Chablis I have tasted. Over to you…
• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.com).