Buy The Best White Wine

If you shop for wine online, or regularly visit a high-end wine store, look out for the best white wine in the world, which are coming from the premier cru vineyards of Burgundy in France. Amongst these world beating dry white wines, you'll find the wines of Meursault Premier Cru and those of Puligny-Montrachet, widely regarded as the most delicious and elegant dry white wines to be found anywhere, and regularly topping the charts in best wine lists each year. Also in this region are the Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet producers, who are famed for their best white wine having a remarkable lightness, packed full of fruit flavours finished with a silky texture as light as the clouds which roll over the region.

Chardonnay

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Undoubtedly the most widely drunk and recognised, or simply the best white wine in the world, Chardonnay has its own distinctive character and features, different from meursault, which have made it a firm favourite, especially for New World producers and dry white wines drinkers. Although originally from the Burgundy region of France, Chardonnay dry white wines are now grown in almost every wine producing country due to the wide appeal, easy character if compared to meursault, and relative simplicity to grow in large quantities. Chardonnay is a hugely adaptable dry white wine, and can lend itself to almost every type of wine production – as such, the Chardonnay grape is found in still, dry white wines, sparkling wines and champagnes, unlike meursault, and even sweet wines harvested late in the year to ensure a smooth, perky dessert wine finish. The distinctive features of Chardonnay white wines tend to be quite strong fruity flavours, most notably tropical fruits such as pineapple, kiwi and passion fruit coming across robustly on the palette, and with other varieties offering more mellow, orchard fruit flavours sitting comfortably alongside the buttery nature of the wine which arises with the practice of malolactic fermentation, and makes it different from meursault. This form of fermentation is most strongly associated with Chardonnay wine rather than meursault, and it allows the sharp, tangy and tart malic acidity to be converted into the smoother, milky lactic acids which give many Chardonnays their signature 'buttery' feel and flavour. Chardonnay's universal popularity and simple yet striking flavours which differ from those of meursault, make it a staple of any wine sale dealing in high quality white wine.

Pinot Grigio

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Another classic white wine which seems to have almost universal appeal is, of course, the Pinot Grigio, while others prefer meursault. This grape variety is most commonly associated with the most popular and just best white wines of Italy, as it lends itself spectacularly well to a huge range of classic Italian dishes and cheeses, and is best enjoyed in the warm, fresh and sunny environment which is epitomised by the Italian Mediterranean coasts in all their elegance, totally different from meursault. It has also proved to be highly successful in the New World, where it is enjoyed as one of refreshing dry white wines with a very wide appeal. Pinot Grigio is easily recognised by its subtle fruity flavours, most commonly involving the mellow perfumes of melon and pear, but regularly offering tropical and citrus fruit flavours on the palette as well, which doesn't ressemble meursault. Many fine dry white wines varieties which use the Pinot Grigio grape have a delightful honey flavour to them, or a more complex light smoky or ashen flavour which is highly regarded amongst connoisseurs of white wine who can compare it to meursault, for instance. Typically, a Pinot Grigio white wine is very pale in colour, a fresh and meadow-like yellow highlighted with golden hues, making it easily distinguishable from other dry white wine varieties, such as meursault. One of the most characteristic features of Pinot Grigio is the texture, and it is this which is most commonly referred to when describing this best white wine. Pinot Grigio tends to be incredibly smooth on the palette, a silky finish which is said to be a result of its early harvest, and which makes it a refreshing and easy delight to drink. Due to its often slightly acidic nature (as opposed to the more mellow and buttery Chardonnay), Pinot Grigio should be drank alongside foods without a high acid content. Most commonly, Pinot Grigio is paired with seafood and pasta, as well as Italian or Spanish cheeses.

Riesling

One of the white wine varieties which has seen a great gain in popularity over the past few years has been the German Riesling. German wines had (for some reason) a generally poor reputation in the past, but recent decades have seen a renewed interest and passion for this fantastic variety of grape and the delicious, varied wines it produces. The Rhein and Mosel river valleys of Germany provide the perfect terrain for vineyards, and the microclimates and broad range of soils along this fertile lands result in a very wide range of wine styles coming from the Riesling grape, the vast majority of which are refreshing, tangy and full of flavour – resulting in their recent surge in popularity around the world. One of the main features of Riesling wine is the highly aromatic nature of the bouquet, which usually features strong floral tones alongside soft fruit aromas such as peach and apricot, and orchard fruit aromas such as bitter apple and pear. This bouquet is usually reflected in the palette, where orchard fruits and floral flavours come through strongly, often followed by slight tastes of tropical fruits such as passion fruit and pineapple. One of the things which makes Riesling particularly distinctive is its 'minerality' – a slight taste of stone which reminds the drinker of high quality restorative mineral water; a reminder of the rich and fertile estuary soil the grapes are grown on. For a dry white wine, look out for German labels featuring the word 'Trocken', or 'Halbtrocken' for medium dry white wine varieties – Riesling is well known for its wide span on the dryness spectrum, and as such, there is usually something to satisfy every palette in this respect. Riesling can be paired with almost any food, and this is one of the features which makes it a favourite for restauranteurs seeking a highly versatile wine which sits as well with spicy cuisine as it does with fish, poultry, pork and even desserts.

Sauvignon Blanc

Another hugely popular white wine found all over the world is the Sauvignon Blanc varieties. Sauvignon Blancs may well have originated in the Loire Valley of France, but it has been in recent decades the New World which has taken this grape to astronomic heights of popularity and quality, with the varied and rich terrain of New Zealand leading the way. Sauvignon Blanc is most usually a dry white wine, of a medium body featuring a highly crisp, tart and refreshing flavour. Commonly found in Sauvignon Blanc wines (particularly those from New Zealand) are zingy, sharp gooseberry flavours and high notes of a herbaceous nature, but the depth of taste and sensation goes a lot deeper than you may notice on first drinking it. Sauvignon Blanc has many flavour features which make it particularly unique and interesting when it comes to dry white wine – a good glass of this wine can produce quite vivid flavours of meadow grasses, hay and summery, farmyard notes complimented by brisk citrus flavours of lemon zest and grapefruit. Often, a mineral note is detected, giving an unusual and refreshingly earthy touch to many Sauvignon Blanc wines which, again, make it quite special. In regards to food, there are few white wines which are so comfortably matched with a wide range of foods featuring quite overpowering flavours. Sauvignon Blanc actually sits very nicely with garlic and mayonnaise flavours, and can also be a lovely accompaniment sushi, and to strong flavoured salads featuring feta and olives.

Semillon

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The king of grape varieties for the sweet and dessert wines of France is the Semillon of Bordeaux, one of France's most commonly grown grapes. Because Semillon grapes are particularly vulnerable to 'noble rot' due to their thin skins, they make for an ideal candidate for dessert wines which require a late harvest, with their concentrated sugars and unusual sweet flavours. However, Semillon grapes are often blended with Sauvignon Blanc to produce the equally distinctive and enjoyable Bordeaux Blanc – a dry white wine which is enjoyed across France and the rest of the world for its mellow nature, as the Semillon loosens the abrasiveness of the Sauvignon and adds a more rounded character to it. Semillon white wines are distinguishable firstly by their colour. The noble rot, particularly, adds a deep honey gold colour to the dry white wine which catches the light with a pleasing amber hue, making it one of the best white wine. This particular variety has a highly aromatic bouquet which differs greatly from other white wine varieties due to the fact that fruit fragrances in Semillon wines are muted and subtle, allowing light floral fragrances to come to the fore alongside spicy notes of marzipan and herbal touches. The taste can be quite varied – indeed, many Semillon wines have the flavour of candied fruit, dark honey and quince, whereas others feature vanilla and cream notes more prominently. If the wine has been subject to noble rot, expect a highly perfumed wine with a higher viscosity and oiliness than others – an extremely elegant wine which is to be drunk in smaller quantities over a longer period of time.

Viognier white wines

Possibly one of the most distinctive of the dry white wine varieties is the Viognier dry white wine. This wine almost dwindled into extinction in the last century, but thankfully with new technologies and a greater understanding of the grape, it is making a comeback with its low acidity and strong flavours of bruised apricots and orange blossom. The low acidity and relative smoothness of the Viognier dry white wines make them highly popular with fans of Chardonnays white wines and even those of meursault, however, the rarity of the grape and the relative difficulty in producing Viognier dry white wines means they are invariably expensive. However, if you are looking for a dry white wine with bags of character, and a brash nature heaving with a variety of flavours ranging from smoky oak to over-ripe fruit and buttery vanilla, then the Viognier is the best white wine to look out for in dry white wines sales.