Maranges "Sur le Chêne" 2007, Jean-François Bouthenet
Maranges is the virtually unknown recent arrival to the list of Côte de Beaune appellations and is actually in the Saone-et-Loire départment. Anyway, there it is tucked down next to Santenay before you reach the badlands of the Côte chalo***ise which I am not permitted to imbibe. This Maranges blanc (a rarity in the pinot-dominated appellation) is a real crowd-pleaser. Creamy, soft lemon, reminiscent of orange blossom on the road to Saint-Paul de Vence. Rich, tasty, pure fruits, pear, ripe apple and lemon. Aged in one year old cuves. A really tasty little bargain.