Yes, there are bargains to be had in white Burgundy, at least in the Mâcon region and especially in a good vintage such as 2005. Saint-Véran is close to Pouilly-Fuissé, with whose wines it shares some of the attractive mineral character. This wine, from Georges Duboeuf, is a partner to some of his Beaujolais, with the same flower presentation bottle, and the same open, fresh fruit. This 2005 is full, rounded, with pear and fresh green fruit flavors. This is easy, drinkable Chardonnay, which will develop over the next year.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.