Jean-Paul Brun Beaujolais Blanc 2021

Top White Burgundy Value: 2021 Jean-Paul Brun Beaujolais Blanc

White Burgundy Lovers Unite! The new vintage of Jean-Paul Brun's Beaujolais Blanc is in top form and ranks as one of the top Chardonnay values in the world! Coming from the high quality but low quantity 2021 vintage, we were only able to get 84 bottles of this brilliant white wine.

Produced from old vines grown in limestone soils in the southern part of Beaujolais, this is a wine that will rival the best whites of the Maconnais. I'm talking Pouilly Fuisse and Saint Veran. The only difference is this one sells for a fraction of the price. 

Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc

2021 Jean-Paul Brun Beaujolais Blanc 

Drinks like Pouilly Fuisse or Saint Veran at half the price!

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What do some of the top wine critics and writers have to say about this one? A lot! The Wine Advocate said this wine "offers sensational value and a distinctively delicious personality such as you won't find in 98% or more Chardonnays grown anywhere in the world.Decanter chimed in too, calling it a "wine of lovely purity of flavor." I couldn't have put it any better myself!

Vigneron Jean-Paul Brun is a maverick, an outsider, and a rule-breaker, and that's what I like about him. His estate is just north of Lyon, he farms all of his vines organically, his yields are low, he ferments with native yeasts, and he bottles with minimal fining/filtration. Practices such as these are not exactly common in Beaujolais, where many producers choose a simpler path.

Something that really marks Jean-Paul as a renegade is the fact that he had a special, horizontal tank made to ferment this wine in. The shape of the tank ensures closer contact between the wine and the lees (yeast cells), and this contributes lovely texture and a gentle spiciness to the wine. To my knowledge, no other producer uses a fermentation vessel such as this. 

Enough blathering Josh, what's this stuff like? Despite the "no-oak treatment," this is still a rich, layered, and voluminous Chardonnay. The nose is laced with pear, white peach, golden apple, and oyster shell minerality leading into a rich yet fresh and textured palate. It "behaves" a lot like a top-flight Pouilly-Fuisse, but it costs a lot less.

I try a lot of wines, including top-flight White Burgundies and Chardonnays, from all over the world. I can honestly say that this one is better than many that cost two to three times the price. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! 

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Josh Spurling
Owner, Operator, Wine Monger
Table Wine Asheville