Les Vignes Blanches lies directly west of Pernand-Vergelesses, with a clear view across the village toward the hillside vines of Corton Charlemagne.
In a good large glass, the wine has a pale, but saturated straw gold color. Aromas of Roma apples, white peaches, dried coconut, and crystallized honey alternate with Asian pears, lime blossoms, chervil, and white pepper, as the nose evolves in the glass.
On the palate, the wine is fleshy and vibrant, with a solid core of flavors that echo the nose; the peaches somehow morphing into dried apricots, and the Roma apples slightly roasted and sprinkled with lime juice; along with fleeting suggestions of white lavender, preserved lemons, quince, and toasted pine nuts, all seasoned and infused with palpable saline minerality.
If you give it a few minutes in the glass, the white currants, fresh hay, and sous bois that perfume the warm summer breezes at the juncture of the Côtes de Beaune and the Côtes de Nuits 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.