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SP9090 pts. - Wine Spectator - Mar 31, 2023
This has some flesh to envelop the peach, apple, lemon and stony mineral flavors. Balanced, with the flavors building nicely to a lingering conclusion. Enjoyable now, but there's no rush. Drink now through 2027. 4,000 cases made, 1,000 cases imported. (Bruce Sanderson)
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France | Burgundy | Chablis

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Primary Grape: Chardonnay

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Melville Chardonnay Clone 76 - Inox

2017 / 750 ml.

Item #: 88681

WE9393 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/1/2018
If freshness is the challenge, this very light yet vibrant bottling by Chad Melville is a champion. Aromas of pear flesh and lime blossom lead into a sip that dances across the tongue with flavors of Asian pear, white melon and lemon juice, finishing with a hint of intriguing ash. The wine still zips days later.
VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Sep 2018
The 2017 Chardonnay Estate Inox is terrific. Fresh, vibrant and nuanced, the 2017 is absolutely delicious. Lemon peel, white flowers, mint, white pepper and bright saline notes all punctuate this super-expressive Chardonnay from Melville. (Antonio Galloni)
JD9191 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - 10/15/2018
The 2017 Chardonnay Clone 76 Inox is seen as the flagship release. It has malolactic fermentation blocked and sees five months on lees before bottling. This medium-gold colored effort has a beautiful bouquet of ripe salted orchard fruits, crisp pineapple, spice, and dried earth-like minerality. It’s medium-bodied, has a layered, rounded texture, good acidity, and a great finish. (Jeb Dunnuck)
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Rapport Chardonnay

2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 91234

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United States | California | Napa Valley

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Sébastien Dampt Chablis

2018 / 750 ml.

Item #: 92044

WE8888 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/1/2019
This ripe wine combines typical Chablis steeliness with rich apple flavors and succulent acidity. The young texture promises good things, full of freshness now and likely to develop a riper character as it matures. Drink from 2020.
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France | Burgundy | Chablis

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VN9292 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2020
The 2018 Ribolla Gialla Vare Vineyard is so expressive and so distinctive. Dried pear, hazelnut, orange peel, sage and spice all develop in the glass, but it is the wine’s phenolic intensity that stands out most. Then again, the feeling of structure is exactly what Ribolla Gialla is all about. The Arnot Roberts Ribolla is a serious white that will offer its finest drinking at the dinner table.
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United States | California | Napa Valley

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Primary Grape: Ribolla Gialla

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JD9393 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - December 12, 2019
Burgundian notes of crushed citrus, white flowers, salty minerality, orange pith, and honeysuckle all emerge from the 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine Mule Blanche, and it’s fresh, medium to full-bodied, concentrated and elegant on the palate. Give it a year or two. (Jeb Dunnuck)
VN9292 pts. - Vinous - May 2020
Vivid straw. Tangerine, peach and chamomile on the fragrant nose, along with subtle honey and tarragon nuances. Sappy, expansive orchard and pit fruit flavors show very good concentration, velvety texture and a refreshingly bitter touch of orange zest. Finishes youthfully chewy, long and subtly spicy, leaving a hint of pear nectar behind.
JS9191 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Friday, October 11, 2019
Attractive white-peach, banana and melon aromas with a sleek, fresh and fleshy feel to the palate. Supple, long and elegant with apples, papaya and melon in abundance. Good weight and very well balanced. Drink or hold.
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VN8989 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2020
An alcohol content of 9.5% signals that this is one of the many vintage 2018 Kabinetts whose authors have allowed fermentation to proceed a bit further than usual so as to avoid extraneous or otherwise excess sweetness. In the event, this Kabinett is still very obviously sweet, and its syrupy midpalate expression of pear and pineapple—anticipated on the nose—seems decidedly more Spätlese- than Kabinett-like. Fortunately, mint suffusion has a welcome cooling effect. The feel is glossy but with some sense of buoyancy. Nut brittle with it bittersweet and caramel aspects pulls the finish in a confectionary direction. I’ve no doubt this will outlive my “drink by” date but I’m skeptical of its meriting longer holding. (David Schildknecht)
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Germany | Mosel

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Primary Grape: Riesling

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Raúl Perez La del Vivo

Lomas de Valtuille
2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 94912

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Spain | Bierzo

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Primary Grape: Godello

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VN9696 pts. - Vinous - Mar 2021
It might be delicate but the 2020 Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux is also rather succulent, coating the mouth with its sweet embrace. A combination of white flowers and nectarine creates an appealing perfume. There’s a sense of energy that runs through the wine, providing a sense of direction and purpose. The core of sweetness (50–60g/L) doesn’t tip over into lushness but is held together by its acidity and structure. (Rebecca Gibb MW)
RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 13th May 2021
The 2020 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux is clear, pure, fresh and concentrated on the lemon and pineapple-scented nose. You wouldn’t guess this is sweet from the nose, as the bouquet is precise and fresh. Round and mellow but also refined and elegant on the palate, with a stimulating mineral freshness and lingering salinity and piquancy, this is a gorgeous, very delicate and perfectly balanced Vouvray to drink even young, but as experience tells me, this Chenin Blanc from the now 15-hectare Ur vineyard of Domaine Huet can also be aged for decades, even if the wine is not really dramatic in all its pristine beauty. Tasted as final sample in May 2021.
SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 31, 2021
This round white showcases a creamy, alluring texture, with lovely layers of quince, glazed pear, elderflower and honeysuckle notes detailed with heather, ginger and marzipan accents. Offers great length and harmony. Drink now through 2036. 1,000 cases made. (Gillian Sciaretta)
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France | Loire | Touraine | Vouvray

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Primary Grape: Chenin Blanc

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France | Burgundy | Maconnais | Pouilly-Fuisse

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Primary Grape: Chardonnay

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Stolpman Vineyards “Uni”

2021 / 750 ml.

Item #: 96029

RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 8th Dec 2022
The 2021 Uni White is a blend of 70% Roussanne and 30% Chardonnay matured in neutral 500-liter puncheons. The nose is nutty and yeasty with a core of burnt lemon and floral potpourri, and the medium-bodied palate is yeasty and refreshing with a long, textural finish. 2,200 cases were produced. (Erin Brooks)
WE9191 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/31/2022
This blend of 70% Roussanne and 30% Chardonnay features a sea urchin sketch on the label. The wine is aptly crafted for its namesake, with enough heft and acidity to pair with the shellfish’s briny richness. Aromas of cantaloupe, white flower and light wool lead into a palate where lime pith and melon meet cold steel minerality. (Matt Kettmann)
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Primary Grape: Roussanne

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Germany | Pfalz

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Primary Grape: Riesling

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Diel Dorsheim Goldloch Riesling Kabinett

2019 / 750 ml.

Item #: 96464

JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Strikingly cool, firm and mineral for an off-dry riesling, this is sleek and super-crisp with acidity that some may find a bit challenging, but we love it. Excellent aging potential. Drink or hold.
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Germany | Nahe

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VN8888 pts. - Vinous - Aug 2022
The 2020 Pouilly-Fuissé Marie-Antoinette comes mostly from Vergisson parcels on southerly-exposed vines, matured in stainless-steel on the fine lees for 12 months. It has a taut, minimal, steely bouquet that offers discrete saline/smoky scents. The palate is well balanced with grapefruit and touches of orange rind. Quite sapid with tropical hints towards the finish, though it is never an opulent Pouilly-Fuissé. It just expresses the warmth of the vintage. (Neal Martin)
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France | Burgundy | Maconnais | Pouilly-Fuisse

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JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, September 23, 2021
A very elegant Kabinett with a wide spectrum of white and yellow fruit aromas and just a hint of something exotic. Simultaneously sleek, well-structured and polished, this is an ideal introduction to the category. Drink or hold.
SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Oct 15, 2023
This has good concentration to the richly styled profile of apple, warm peach and mulling spices. Packs a savory, earthy chord that prevails, with dried garrigue, salty lime and bitter citrus pith. Shows citrusy acidity that carries the weight and sweetness nicely through the petrol-edged finish. Drink now through 2028. 2,033 cases made, 130 cases imported. (Kristen Bieler)
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Germany | Mosel

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Explore Top White Wines For Under $40

Why Choose White Wines Under $40?

Exploring white wines under $40 lets you enjoy amazing flavors and food pairings without spending a lot. Wines from places like Château de Maligny in Chablis and Sébastien Dampt are crisp and refreshing. They are great with seafood, light pasta, or just by themselves on a sunny day. These wines are both affordable and high-quality. Our list includes top picks from famous areas like Burgundy's Maconnais and Germany's Mosel, ensuring a great wine experience for every enthusiast.

Tips for Enjoying Your White Wines

To get the most out of your white wines, serve them chilled between 45°F and 50°F. This ideal temperature brings out the delicate flavors and fresh aromas, enhancing your drinking experience. White wines pair wonderfully with seafood, salads, and soft cheeses. Try different combinations to discover flavors that complement each other beautifully. Remember to store your bottle in a cool place away from direct sunlight to maintain its quality until you're ready to enjoy it.

Frequently Asked Questions About White Wines Under $40

Can I find a good Chardonnay wine under $40?

Absolutely! Chardonnay, a versatile and popular white wine, can be found in excellent bottles under $40. These wines often showcase a delightful mix of flavors such as apple, citrus, and vanilla with a refreshing acidity. Our curated selection ensures you can enjoy premium taste without a high price tag.

How does the flavor profile of Sauvignon Blanc under $40 compare to more expensive bottles?

Sauvignon Blanc wines priced under $40 can still offer a vibrant and crisp flavor experience. While pricier versions might feature more layered aromatic complexity, our affordable range delivers refreshing citrus and herbal notes, making them perfect for a variety of dishes and occasions.

Are there any highly rated Riesling wines available for under $40?

Yes, there are! It's possible to find Riesling wines under $40 that have been highly praised for their quality and value. These wines typically present a beautiful balance of sweetness and acidity, with flavors ranging from juicy peach to zesty lime. Our selection includes top-rated choices that promise great taste and excellent value.