What seems to be a simple French wine is not. With 11-14% alcohol, as they recorded it long ago, cost $12 then, and scoring a nice 17 Dionysian points the 1978 Bourgogne Blanc is a Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin numbered bottle that was sold at auction in Beaune for the Knights of Burgundy charity.
Great white Burgundy ages well. It had caramel and hints of honey. It wasn’t broken down at all. Oak and mineral flavors still sang out. And, it held together for well over an hour after opening.
This deep gold Chardonnay, from Jean Duport, at 40 years old, was an historical experience. It proved once again that big alcohol does nothing for a wine that was meant to savor with meals. In Vino Veritas.