2011 La Chablisienne Saint-Bris

2011 La Chablisienne Saint-Bris
France, $18

Say the words “White Burgundy,” and most consumers think elegant Chardonnay that costs a fortune. But this bottle from the large Chablis collective, La Chablisienne, confounds on both counts. First, it’s from the Saint-Bris appellation in between Paris and Beaune, the only appellation in Burgundy that’s allowed to grow Sauvignon Blanc. Second it’s cheap: cheaper than Sauvignon from New Zealand. Neither of these points would matter but for the wine being fantastic. Light and dry, it has the aromas of melons and a crisp, but not mean, granny smith apple bite. If you love Kim Crawford or Oyster Bay but want to branch out (and weirdly, save a few bucks) here’s your girl.

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