In a nutshell: A rounded and fruity Côte de Beaune white from the village of Maranges.
The lowdown: The lesser known Côte d'Or village of Maranges is the most southerly in the area sitting adjacent to Santenay but produces some delightful and ripe wines, with whites only accounting for around 10% of production. This young, elegant and very approachable example comes from the south facing vineyard of Vignes Blanches in Dezize-les-Maranges and made by dynamic winemaker Franck Lamargue who specialises in some of the less famous appellations of the Côte de Beaune. Classically matured in new and used oak barrels there are aromas of white flowers, lemon, peach and stone fruits leading onto a soft and fresh palate with those oaky, creamy notes coming through balanced by clean acidity. Highly enjoyable and rewarding young Côte de Beaune white.
When to drink: Naturally pairs well with white fish and creamy white meat dishes. Also try with pasta with white sauce or mushroom risotto.
Franck has been running his 12 hectare domaine based in the village of La Rochepot, just over the hill from St Aubin in Burgundy's Côte d'Or, since 2005.
The vineyards are worked organically and the vines harvested by hand. A combination of new and old oak is used to vinify a range of generous whites and reds that offer tremendous value for money from some of the lesser-known villages of the southern Côte de Beaune.