($28) Light gold, with a faint haze. Smoke, truffle, lees, orange and dried flowers on the nose. Reminds me of a Chassagne with its deep, smoky orchard fruit and leesy citrus flavors complicated by anise, toasted nuts and honey. Punches above its class, with strong finishing thrust and sweet, smoky persistence. This would blend smoothly into a flight of top-notch wines from up north.
The finest red and white wines of Burgundy set the standard for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. At their best, Burgundy wines are the world's most aromatically complex, silky, and seductive wines, thanks to their ineffable combination of fruits, flowers, minerals, and earth, and their ability to project flavor authority without excess weight. But first-rate Burgundies are produced in limited quantities. Burgundy is a minefield for the... Read More »
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... Read More »
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