JC Boisset Bourgogne Chardonnay 'Les Ursulines' 2016

£18.99 GBP

This hyper-modern Burgundian producer is now run by a second generation of Boissets from a former convent in Nuits-Saint-Georges named... you guessed it, Les Ursulines. Under the guiding hand of legendary vigneron Grégory Patriat, the house has tightened its ties with growers and invested in a state-of-the-art new winery to maximise quality at every stage from vine to bottle.

Surprisingly for an AOC Bourgogne Blanc, this wine is made from fruit mostly grown in the Côte de Beaune. It's declassified largely because some of the grapes come from a little further south, brought in to add silkiness to the texture. Which is great not only for what's in the bottle, but also for the price tag.

The juice, delicately squeezed from whole bunches, was fermented in oak with native yeasts enjoying plenty of lees for nutrition. Ageing also took place in oak, some of it new, to up the complexity and smoothness in the subtlest way (another rarity for Bourgogne Blanc). 

All of that care and attention results in a superbly balanced wine, treading the line between freshness and texture in the most delightful way. Refreshing lemon acidity, toasted hazelnuts drizzled in acacia honey and plenty of change from £20. What's not to like?