Chardonnay Tasting: January 27, 2018

Brocard Chablis ‘Vieille Vignes de Sainte Claire’ 2015

Regular Price $34.99

Sale price $27.99

Crisp, clean, fresh and focused are the hallmarks of this classic Chablis from one of the finest producers in the appellation. This a wine made in the vineyard rather than the winery as it’s richness exhibits the maturity of the vines and the expression of the soil.

 

Tripoz Macon-Loche ‘Cuvee du Clocher’ 2015

Regular Price $22.99

Sale price $17.99

Lovely, understated, yet complete, this organic and biodynamic wine shows the more gentle, unassuming facet of the grape. Unmarred by oak, the bright citrus and hints of ginger make this a wine that you want to return to often.

 

Domaine Collotte ‘Cuvee Isabelle Les Champsalomon’ Marsannay Blanc 2014

Regular price: 34.99

Sale Price: 27.99

From 40-year vines and is raised in 50% wood and 50% stainless steel with 10% new oak. This is an elegant and fresh wine with citrus and apricot aromas. Rich and full but not fat nor heavy, the wine sings with lovely stone fruit flavors touched by cinnamon. Finishes bright and lengthy

 

Paolo Conterno ‘Divers’ Chardonnay, Piemonte  2015

Regular price: 44.99

Sale Price: 35.99

Rich and fleshly, yet balanced and crisp, this wine is wonderfully lusty but not at all overwhelming. The name ‘Divers’ refers to the unique qualities of the wine, it’s diversity in the world of mass market chardonnay.

 

Francois Mikulski Bourgogne Chardonnay 2015

Regular Price $39.99

Sale price $31.99

Yes, white Burgundies do spend time in oak, often to the benefit of the wine. This is a great example of the depth and breadth of Chardonnay in the right hands. Ripe and round, it’s not lacking for flavor but the bright acidity reins in the fruit and completes the wine.

 

Beringer ‘Private Reserve’ Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2015

Regular price: 46.99

Sale Price: 29.99

Beringer holds an important place in the history of American wines as California’s oldest continually operating winery. It could be argued that they created modern Napa Valley. Beginning in 1978, they have annually crafted their Private Reserve Chardonnay, using grapes selected from outstanding vineyard sites. Butter, tropical fruit, vanillin and sweet French oak are all pushed forward. In this wine. Ample, creamy and expressive, it’s the very definition of Napa Valley barrel fermented Chardonnay.

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