Bruce’s Pick: 2014 Vincent Dureuil-Janthial Bourgogne Blanc, $28

Occasionally the B-side of a popular record becomes equally or even more endearing than the A-side song.  A while back, I reviewed the Bourgogne Rouge of this producer as my monthly wine pick. Now the new vintage (2014) of his Bourgogne Blanc has arrived and it certainly deserves equal air time. We’ve said it many times in the store (and possibly already in these pages): 2014 is a GREAT vintage for white Burgundy, and Dureuil’s wines definitely live up to that billing. In fact, Allen Meadows in his Burghound reviews of the vintage, said “Dureuil continues to fashion some of the very best wines in the Cote Châlonnaise and once again I was seriously impressed by the quality he has achieved.” This Bourgogne Blanc exhibits lovely balance and texture with orchard fruits, citrus and floral notes. There is an almost pungent sense of energy that reminds of its youth, reveals its depth, and hints at its long future evolution. The finish is both powerful and refined and resonates long after the last swallow. This is a serious “Best Buy” and highly recommended!