As a lover of the Languedoc, Rhone and Provence regions of France, I often overlook how much I also enjoy Alsace, the Loire and Burgundy. And, when it comes to Burgundy, I mean the not so traditional parts of it, Beaujolais, Macon Village and Saint Veran where wine lovers can find amazingly interesting wines that won't break the bank.
The 2014 Maison B. Perraud St. Veran is one of those wines. Imagine a Chardonnay that sees no oak at all, full of fresh fruit from start to finish. The layers of apples, pears and peaches, all minus the usual butterscotch and oak tastes that seem to dominate so many of the usual Chardonnay wines on the market. The Perraud has the depth one expects from a Chablis, with the lack of oak of a Petite Chablis, with an added layer of expressiveness, liveliness and lightness. Perfect with oysters, salad or cheese, the St. Veran is a gem that you can enjoy even all by itself.