Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2004, Domaine de Mercey
This white Hautes Côtes is a pleasant little trouvaille I discovered at my local wine merchant's. Many would say that keeping a white from the high hills above the Côte d'Or is too long. But the combination of good citrus and pear fruit with a backbone of 2004 acidity has resulted in a gentle evolution for this chardonnay. The pear, apple orchard and grassy aromas have a hint of umami-like green tea biscuit. Good depth, chewyness and attack on the palate. Jolly good.