In a nutshell: A lovely, fresh and crisp Burgundy Chardonnay.
The lowdown: This wine comes from a single vineyard situated just near those of Puligny-Montrachet. As prices for entry level wines from Puligny and its neighbouring villages of Chassagne and Meursault get ever higher there are some fantastic wines to be had from nearby plots made by top producers labelled 'Bourgogne Blanc'. Only a small proportion of this wine has been aged in oak, the rest in stainless steel, so the fresh lemon and stone fruit aromas are maintained and the creamy oak flavours are more subtle. Balanced with great acidity and a long length.
When to drink: Will pair well with most shellfish and white fish as well as roast pork or chicken.
Based in the heart of the Côte de Beaune village of Puligny-Montrachet Sylvain Bzikot makes wines with real personality. His 13 hectare estate was originally created by his grandparents in the 1940s who had arrived, as Polish immigrants, to work in the vineyards arround the neighbouring village of Meursault. After a few years working in the fields they were able to small parcels of land which they subsequently planted.
At first, in addition to vines, cereals were cultivated and cattle raised. But now that his parents have retired Sylvain is in charge of vineyard operations and has developed the estate bottling operations first started over twenty years ago. Vineyard work is carried out in a traditional manner and all grapes for village wines are handpicked before being pneumatically pressed to aid soft extraction.