This shimmering, pale white-gold Burgundy is stunning. In a good large glass, aromas of white cranberries, ripe crabapples, and freshly cut tulips alternate with roasted hazelnuts, dried chamomile fresh autumn leaves as the nose evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is racy and vibrant, like the first bite into the skin of a ripe white peach, with a solid core of flavors that echo the nose, sometimes suggesting tangerine, white lavender, dried figs, and nutmeg, all seasoned and infused with palpable saline minerality. And if you give it a few minutes in the glass, the white currants, fresh hay, and sous bois that perfume the warm summer breezes in the Hautes Côtes take over. Just outstanding.
About this wine producer: Fine, inexpensive, estate-bottled Burgundy is always a happy surprise. The land is expensive, the work is hard, and demand usually exceeds supply. But if you’re willing to look beyond the most famous villages of the Côte d’Or, there are still discoveries to be made: expressive Burgundies, white and red, grown by passionate stewards of the genuine Burgundian tradition. The Cornu family has lived in Echevronne, about seven kilometers northwest of Beaune, since the thirteenth century. Pierre Cornu joined his parents in the late 1970s, and like so many of the best of his generation, was the first in his family to estate-bottle the wine. In 1981 he married Bernadette Camus, and in 2007, after completing her studies in enology at Beaune, their daughter Lydia, along with her husband Christophe Pertuzot (previously of Domaine Leroy), joined them as co-gerants, ensuring the continuity of this dynamic ten-hectare estate.