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Living France - - À La Maison -

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.

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