94 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2005
Knockout nose combines lemon, quince, hazelnut and a musky, leesy element; still slightly reduced. Wonderfully fresh, chewy and intense; seamless and light on its feet. Conveys a dusty impression of extract-as well as an impression of lower alcohol than the 2001. Finishes very long and suave. These wines were never racked, which is one reason why they need plenty of aeration prior to being served.
93 Points | Wine Spectator
96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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