What to drink…
It may look like any other French wine region, with picturesque villages nestling amid undulating hills, but Burgundy boasts the most expensive agricultural land on the entire planet. Demand for wine from Burgundy has gone stratospheric in recent decades, but its production volume remains small, accounting for only 3% of France’s total wine output. As a result, prices have shot up. While there is no such thing as good, cheap Burgundy any more, the best wines are still simply unbeatable.
They grow two main grapes here: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Styles can vary greatly depending on where the vines grow. The northernmost region is Chablis, where the cool climate produces racy, vibrant, steely whites.
Domaine Servin 2014 Chablis (£11.99 Majestic Wine and widely available) Chablis is a jewel in the crown of French white wine, and this bottle is a brilliant example. Sophisticated and elegant with a subtle citrus flavour and medium body, this is an absolute fail-safe.