93 Points | International Wine Cellar , December 2009
($88; 80% chardonnay and 20% pinot noir; disgorged February, 2009) Greenish-yellow color. Intense, incisive aromas of orange zest, Meyer lemon, salty minerals, ginger and white flowers, with a slow-building smoky quality; smells a lot like a high-end Chablis. Smooth, sappy, concentrated citrus and orchard fruit flavors are complicated by notes of brioche, honey and zesty minerals. Impressively fresh for a wine from this hot vintage, boasting strong finishing minerality and spicy persistence.
France is the fountainhead of the grape varieties most craved by
North American wine drinkers: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir,
Syrah, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. In fact, these grapes are widely
referred to as "international" varieties because they have been planted and
imitated all over the world. 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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