Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune 2008, Sébastien Magnien

Tasted at the domaine in Meursault, this chardonnay from the hills above the Côte d'Or near Meloisey, has green apple, rhubarb and lime aromas -- in a good way. Fairly rich and punchy on the palate with a hint of sap. A representative wine from this higher altitude (250-350 metres above sea level) Burgundy appellation. The domaine is fairly new, started in 2004, and is represented by the venerable Berry Bros & Rudd in London. For people who worry about prices, this wine costs 8 euro sur place; bought from BBR it is £16.30. Ouch! Photo shows the geological strata of the Hautes-Côtes above Monthélie.


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