Domaine Nicolas Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Blanc 2021
WineSpark Price €23.64
Mylène tells me Hautes-Cotes de Beaune is the best value appellation in Burgundy. And upon tasting this, you’d find it hard to disagree.
The 50-year old Chardonnay vineyards are situated high up on south-facing slopes - so you get great flavour in the grapes but also freshness from the elevation. The soils are clay-limestone - which gives the fruit a lovely and subtle complexity.
Then in the winery the wine is aged for 10 months in a mixture of new and old French oak which gives the wine a gorgeous nutty, oatmeal character.
Everyone goes nuts for Macon - but this further north and is fresher, rounder, better balanced.
This is just textbook Burgundy Chardonnay at an amazing price.
Due to extremely limited supply, there's a limit of 6 bottles per customer on this wine.
|Region of origin||Bourgogne|
|Appellation||Hautes Côtes de Beaune|
|Months in Oak||12 months|
|Type of Oak||French (with 15% new oak barrels)|
|Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts)||None|
|Average age of vines||30 years|
|Average altitude of vines (m)||300 meters|
|Is this wine organic?||No|
|Suitable for vegans?||Yes|
|Ageing potential||5 - 6 years|
|Ideal drinking window||2023|
Finding value in Burgundy is like finding a needle in a haystack. Luckily for you, I have connections with their finger on the pulse of young, upcoming producers and that is how Domaine Nicolas came to my attention.
The Nicolas family has been making the wine here since the French Revolution - Mylene and Benoit are the 6th generation to make the stuff.
Trout En Papillote cooked in white wine and vegetables.
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Goes very well with black sole.
Thanks Geraldine I'm delighted to hear that! Cheers Eamon
Smashing with prawns
The oak on the nose is a little strong, however the palate delivers a great quaffing wine, it has good body, well balanced & a decent length. Burgundy is getting so expensive, and this is great value.
I got it for my wife with the Christmas dinner. Had to try it myself obviously. I've had Burgundy Chardonnay with prestigious names that I dont think I enjoyed more than this.
Drank it NYE. Initially found it more acidic than I had expected for a chardonnay, but it mellowed out beautifully and was perfect with smoked salmon starter.
I bought some of this after reading John Wilson’s IT review. I loved it. Almost always enjoy Chardonnay so I wasn’t surprised but it was delicious and crisp and we really enjoyed it. Was gorgeous alone or with smoked salmon or light cheeses. I was surprised to also get a couple of bottles of its sister wine (the Aligote) in my order. I didn’t notice until we opened them at Christmas lunch and my first thought was that this wasn’t a Chardonnay! Also enjoyable but not a patch on the Chardonnay.
Hi Grace, thank you for the amazing review! I'm so sorry you got the wrong bottles, I'll drop you an email to sort now. Cheers Eamon
Had high expectations for this wine but the acidity is a tad mouth puckering. In contrast the nose is quite inviting. I think I will have to open another white tonight!!!!