Auvigue, Saint-Véran (Burgundy, France) 2014

($18): Consumers should snap up as many 2014 white Burgundies as they can.  It’s a great vintage across appellations, from Chablis in the north to the Mâconnais in the south.  And it’s in the south of Burgundy where you really find bargains in 2014.  In the hands of a super-star producer, such as Auvigue, wines from less prestigious appellations, such as this one from Saint-Véran, over deliver for the price.  You’d be hard pressed to find a more satisfying Chardonnay-based wine for $18.  Crisp, with a hint of creaminess, it has more finesse and length than you’d expect.  Buy it by the case because the energy of the 2014 vintage will allow it to develop over the next few years.
90 Michael Apstein Jan 10, 2017