Marcel Couturier, La Cour des Bois, Saint-Véran AOC, Vintage 2015, ABV 13%.
This is a Chardonnay from the Saint-Véran appellation in the Mâconnais region of Burgundy, France 🇫🇷
Mâconnais is generally known for its richer, fuller-bodied Chardonnay expressions, in part due to its more southerly positioning in Burgundy and its warmer temperatures; this wine is an excellent example. 💕💕💕
This wine was produced using older French oak barrels, softening the edges of the orchard and stone fruit characteristics and imparting complexity. A little exposure to oxygen happens naturally when fermenting or aging wine in oak barrels and this exposure may be responsible for the beautiful golden hue I see in the glass, along with time spent in the bottle. 🌞
👃 On the nose this wine has a medium intensity of developing aromas. The aromas include primary notes of tart peach, apricot, yellow apple, lemon rind, also chamomile, orange flower, white blossom, flint and wet stone, also secondary notes of toast, cream, brioche, delicate vanilla and baking spices, and tertiary notes of caramel, butterscotch, and honey. 🍐 🍑 🍎 🍋
👄 On the palate this wine is dry. It has medium(+) acidity, a medium(+) body, medium alcohol, medium intensity in flavors consistent with the nose and a medium finish.
I love the weigh, richness, and complexity of this wine, which we bought at @france_44 recently.
We have paired this wine with sautéed shrimp, roasted veggies, and jasmine rice. It’s a lovely pairing, but I suspect this wine could stand up to an even richer meal or white meat.
— 4 days ago
This is the last of a dozen bought back in 2019 as a mid week quaffer for $12 a bottle from Dan Murphy’s. Smells and tastes much better than that - could be treble the price. Some leesy funk with grapefruit on the nose. On the palate Citrus, a hint of nectarine and perfectly balanced oak. Excellent QPR from the renowned Chardonnay area - the Adelaide Hills. Will need to purchase another dozen. — 3 days ago
My first experience here. Lovely wine. It took some time to open, but the wait was worth it. A muted nose gave way to some florals and the palate is drive by blackberry jam, then some briny olive and peppercorn Really cool. Medium acidity and dark purple hue. Not a long finish but we’ll rounded and time will be it’s friend 93pts now, and i would guess it could reach 94-96 in time — 6 days ago
New tete de cuvee from Caillez Lemaire and their new highest end bottling. And it is STUNNING. The nose jumps out of the glass with all types of screaming minerals and wet earth. Spice. Green apple. Endless complexity. Sickness. It’s wafting and so so aromatic. Super yeasty. A nose that is dripping with character. Herbs as well. So so deep. Just an insane nose. 9.6. Only open 5-8 minutes and it’s changed 5-6 times. Sickness. Virginia was “hoping” I would like it. I wish I could be even as half as humble as her! Wow. That palate has flavor! Flava in my ear as the acid gets to my ear. RIP Craig Mack. Anyway this is bananas. Amazing sap and power. So sappy. Concentrated and so pure. Painfully intense. Wow, huge spice on the finish. So fresh and precise and wow is this long. What palate presence. Nose gets tons of saline and iodine and the palate develops a mineral sweetness that is stunning. Wow. This is sick. The palate presence of great BDB cannot be denied. A masterpiece. — 7 days ago
I’ll have to look at my prior notes of this wine, but this strikes me as far more acid-driven than the last bottle I had. Nose show red fruits, crushed rock, and smellable acidity. Lean, crisp, but intense. Like a real hybrid of Walla Walla and a Northern Rhone from an older days cooler vintage. It’s got good length and mouthwatering acids. A Syrah- based wine to have with some meat dish in a sauce, as opposed to a simple grilled or roasted meat. — 3 days ago
Smoky, savoury, and spicy nose, some oak and a leesy sulphidic note. On the palate mainly citrus but a little riper verging on to stone fruit. One of David Bicknell’s lesser Cuvées which I thought would be lean but not so. Coming together at 6 years of age. Drinking really well from one of Australia’s best Chardonnay exponents. — 10 hours ago
Been 2 years+ since I’ve had this. Nose is gorgeous now. Nose is honeyed almonds and steel wool. Nuttiness as well. Sense of richness but also super umami notes. Chenin is a major umami grape. Confectionary honeycomb on the nose. So gorgeous and such clarity. Really a knockout nose. Palate is clear, vivid and has terrific, knock you on your ass acids. Tangy and also really leaves an imprint on the palate. Fantastic purity and presence. Really really long. Brown sugar on the nose now. A sick sick wine. Maybe best chenin I’ve had from Michel Chèvre. — 12 hours ago
2015 vintage. Nose really reticent currently. Great deep purple hue. Bunches of blackberry and planks of cedar with a tobacco garnish on a surprisingly grippy finish. Some pleasant dark chocolate notes interspersed with plum and the aforementioned (planks of) cedar in the front and mid-palate. Needs another few years to start singing sweetly. Would score it a 9.2 if I could coax something/anything out of the nose. *edit* Took about 45 mins for subtle smoke, plum, forest floor and graphite aromas to find their way to the forefront of the bouquet. Bumped the score up to 9.2. — a day ago
From the Domaine Leflaive Montrachet, Burgundy France 🇫🇷 is 100% Chardonnay and has a gorgeous golden hue. The nose hits you with oak, vanilla, butter, honey and some sweet tropical fruit of pineapple 🍍, green apple 🍏, honey 🍯, white flowers, lemon rind 🍋 and some mineral notes (like flint and limstone). The palate was very creamy with flavours of melon 🍈, lemon 🍋, lime, apple and hints of tropical fruit too. The finish was smooth and long giving it some delightful complexity. 🤩 — 7 days ago
Jet black, inky & brooding, dense & tightly wound - this is an infant. Tons of flavors once it opens - among all the various fruit, I really enjoyed the terroir driven elements of soil & Earth, licorice & forest floor, bramble & spice. Great complexity. Chewy tannins, elegantly styled & powerful. Felt like 14% was lowballing it tho… thanks @Lyle Fass — 5 days ago