Wine of the week: Cave de Lugny La C te Blanche 2013

Cave de Lugny La C te BlancheThe Wine Curmudgeon reviews a proportionally larger share of French wines, and when I look at the numbers — which I do because I don’t want to go too far in any direction — I always wonder if I should try to do fewer French wines. Then I taste something like the Cave de Lugny La Cote Blanche ($10, purchased, 12.5%), and I understand why I do so many cheap French wines.

They’re that good, and especially if they’re from Cave de Lugny, a cooperative in Burgundy that somehow produces affordable red, white, rose and sparkling wines from that very expensive region. Unfortunately, we don’t get enough of them over here, but the Les Charmes is a $10 chardonnay well worth drinking, and the $10 Macon-Villages chardonnay is equally delicious.

The Cote Blanche, which seems to be a World Market private label, is yet another terrific effort from Cave de Lugny. It’s chardonnay from the Macon area of Burgundy, so that means no oak. a mineral finish, and some apple and lemon fruit. But there is also an almost rich mouth feel, which makes the wine more interesting and is not easy to do for $10. It’s a step up from the previously mentioned Macon-Villages — and for the same price.

Highly recommended, and a candidate for the 2015 $10 Hall of Fame. Serve this chilled on its own, or with roast or grilled chicken. It would also do nicely as the wine to cook with and to drink in a dish like braised chicken with mustard and garlic (and I would add lots of sliced onions).

6 thoughts on “Wine of the week: Cave de Lugny La C te Blanche 2013

  • By Randy Brooks -

    I’m a big Cave de Lugny fan too. They and the Blason de Bourgogne farmers make good burgundies for cheap. But be aware, it’s only $10 if you’re a World Market member; otherwise, it’s $15.

    • By Wine Curmudgeon -

      Thanks for the reminder about being a World Market member to get the $10 price. I buy so much wine at so many places that require cards and so forth that they all blend together.

  • By Alec Kohut -

    I really enjoyed a bottle of this last night (2014 vintage). I thought I noticed oak in the taste, but guess it must be the mineral flavor that had me thinking that. Thanks for your info !!

    • By Wine Curmudgeon -

      Glad you enjoyed… spread the word, so more of us can buy cheap wine of high quality.

  • By Nanci -

    Where can I locate a bottle?

    • By Wine Curmudgeon -

      Many grocery stores and World Market.

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