While having a fantastic lunch at La Ciboulette, a modest little eatery with an amazingly down home Bourguignon kitchen in the heart of Beaune, it was suggested I have a glass of Bouzeron with my starter course of snails. ‘A Bouzer-huh?’ I wondered. Merely a sip later I was thinking ‘a Bouzer-wow!’
In a white wine producing region that’s overwhelming all about the Chardonnay, Bouzeron is the only communal Appellation to be made from the Aligoté grape. It’s crisp, lemony and floral and went excedingly well with my l’escargot.
2005 seems an especially refreshing vintage and Jaffelin a label worth looking out for.
Funny thing, snooping around the internet to see what others have thought of this wine I read a lot of “so-so” sorts of reviews. I’m not sure those responsible for the “meh” write ups really got this wine. It’s different … and obviously a detour from the usual Burgundy whites … served chilled it’s a winner for the sort of cloudless early summer days we’ve been having here in London lately (and will hopeful continue having for at least a little while longer).
If you do some online detective work about this wine, you should find that Jaffelin Bouzeron 2005 is fairly easy to obtain and will probably set you back around £12 or so if purchased in the UK. Just in case anybody finds an especially good bargain or happens upon a shop stocking bottles of this quaff, please let me know!