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Wine Finds: White Burgundy wines for Mother’s Day

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If the star of your Mother’s Day celebration is a fan of chardonnay, then consider raising a glass of white wine from the Burgundy region of France. One appellation known for its good-value, high-quality chardonnay is Mâcon, where this noble grape reigns. Look for labels that say Mâcon-Villages, a designation reserved for whites with a step up in quality terms and tighter production rules than generic Mâcon. A more specific classification would be Mâcon followed by the name of a specific commune where the wine was produced. The following are two examples of elegant chardonnay wines that would go well with seafood and white meats prepared with cream sauces as well as grilled fish.

Nicolas Potel 2020 Mâcon-Villages, France

Bought • The Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard in April for $14.99

Description • This classic Mâcon-Villages comes from Nicolas Potel, which is owned by Cottin Freres. The latter also owns the prestigious Burgundy négociant house Laboure-Roi. Fresh and vibrant, this is a medium-bodied white that has undergone a small amount of oak aging to add to its texture and complexity. However, it’s very well-balanced, and the oak flavor is mild. This is a crisp chardonnay that tastes of lemons and stone fruit and it ends with a unique toasty finish.

Albert Bichot 2018 Mâcon Milly-Lamartine, France

Bought • The Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Boulevard in April for $14.99

Description • Aromatic and lush, this chardonnay comes from the higher altitude vineyards of Mâcon Milly-Lamartine. It was produced by Albert Bichot, the well-known, family-owned wine business established in 1831. Partially aged in oak for eight months, this is a more mature white that has a richer mouthfeel, more noticeable oak flavor and a greater complexity than the Potel. It’s a flavorful white that tastes of stone fruit and citrus with notes of vanilla and spice.

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