The Wine: We love white Burgundy, which, in theory, should be synonymous with ‘we love Chardonnay’. And while that is undoubtedly true – we do adore Chardonnay – there really is something about white Burgundy that is decidedly not just about Chardonnay. Call it terroir if you must, but those Burgundian vines have been there a long time… are we sure there isn’t a waif or stray hiding in the rows? In our experimenting, Carte Blanche White closes in on solving the conundrum. Made with any one of four Chardonnays that don’t quite fit the profile of our single-vineyard series – including one that’s spent a year on skins and another a year in barrel – along with a bit of Gris, a smidge of Grüner, a drop of Riesling and left on lees for a month, we’ve alchemied our way to white Burgundy. Very zippy, lots of French oak.