Domaine de Montille

Le Clos du Château Bourgogne Chardonnay 2018

Nose has pear slice, orange zest, various under-ripe stone fruits, pineapple core and yellow flowers; not overly expressive at this time.

Palate has tart pineapple, orange peel, slightly chalky, yellow apple and mild barrel flavors (more new than neutral?). Decent finish, but seems a little closed here as well.

90m decant; Note to future self, check again 2022-23-ish.

Winery Notes:
"Le Clos du Château" is essentially a vineyard of approximately five hectares that sits in front of the Château de Puligny and is entirely enclosed by walls. This facilitates our bio-dynamic farming methods.

Classified as Bourgogne AOC, this vineyard is remarkably well situated in the village on the border of the Puligny-Montrachet vineyards. The deep soil, consisting of silt and clay gives the wine a lovely generosity.


On the Lawn at Tanglewood this evening with the the Boston Pops Orchestra. Our Conductor Keith Lockhart is leading an all John WILLIAMS program, with Mr. Williams (hopefully) sharing some of his wonderful stories to accompany the scores.

The program includes selections from..Superman, Heidi, Jaws, The Towering Inferno, Memoirs of a Geisha Oliver, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Olympic Fanfare & Theme, JFK, Schindler's List, The Witches of Eastwick, Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Empire Strikes Back, The Force Awakens and...Star Wars. So to say we're going to be well versed into the JW catalog will be the understatement of the evening for sure!!!
— 7 hours ago

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Au Bon Climat

Nuits-Blanches au Bouge Santa Maria Valley Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2015

N: Lemons, ginger, banana peel, very fresh, like a just passed thunderstorms sun. You can smell the oak, but it’s like a ghost in the background.
P:Lemon custard, ever so light, creamy,tart, long finish, slight wood. He was really talented.
R.I.P. Jim Clendenen
If served this “ blind”, very few would peg it as a Cali Chard. A stylistic response to criticism of previous, over the top Chards.
With time and air, some flinty mineral goodness appears along with the sensation of citrus pith.
— 7 hours ago

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Au Pied du Mont Chauve

Montagny 1er Cru Chardonnay 2017

Bright beige yellow. Inviting nose of overripe red apple and and balsam. Medium full palate yields baked apple, dried white flowers, balsam, and a hint of white pepper back-palate to finish. I’m sensing a bit of oak on this, but in that classic unobtrusive French way. Lively medium plus acidity underneath it all makes for a fantastic white to accompany fish, poultry, shellfish, or medium cheeses. An imminently satisfying Premier Cru white at a great price. “The foot of Montrachet” continues to impress. Drink now through 2024. — 4 days ago

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Domaine François Raveneau

Vaillons Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay 2002

Straw gold color. Worrisome, oxidative nose upon open. Decanted and let sit for 2 hours. The oxidation notes eventually blow off to reveal a rich and young Chablis. Notes of white stone, dry clay, apricot and kiwi fruit, and some white flowers. Rich, chewy and young in the mouth. Great mouth feel. Perfect with our take out sushi tonight. Still young in its life and should improve with 5-10 more years of age. — a day ago

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Alan Weinberg

Alan Weinberg

takes a lot of willpower to bury these wines in cellar for 20 years but so rewarding.


Prestige Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne Chardonnay

Pale old gold with a surfeit of tiny bubbles, very attractive. The nose shows so much citrus upon opening. Quince and peach are dominant at first with green apples coming in. The customary yeasty aromas tend to fresh vanilla brioche bread. There’s also a really nice touch of spices here that helps to distinguish it from the pack.

Blanc de Blancs from the Grand Cru villages of Cramant, Chouilly, and Mesnil sur Oger. A blend of three vintages and disgorged in November of 2018 with a lowish dosage of 4.5 g/l. Creamy with racy acidity. Finesse over power. Delicate and well structured.

Quite rich and autolytic in nature. That spice is present on the palate along with more citrus fruits and just a bit of smoke. A nice snippet of oak says hello and goodbye and then the chalk takes over. The finish is a bit short and overall you’re left wanting a little more but this is fun and elegant.
— a day ago

Trixie, Dawn and 2 others liked this


🥂 Superb review!

Jacques Copinet

Copinet Monsieur Leonard 2008

A pale light yellow in the glass. Delicate small bubbles and nice creaminess. The nose is incredibly fresh with a touch of menthol complemented by pineapple. Nuttiness and baked bread along with pears. Tasted in the Grassl 1855 which showed more autolytic aromas after given time and air.

Another stellar champagne from the 2008 vintage. Blanc de blancs from Montgenost disgorged in 2019. Lowish dosage of 5 g/l but it doesn’t bring searing acidity, instead it delivers intensity, purity, and drama.

Pleasing and pleasant, there’s quite a bit to like here. The palate is focused and harmonious with complexity. Lively and intense on the tongue with plenty of citrus that recedes only for brioche bread to take the lead. Minerality on the long finish. Revisit this a few more years down the road and you’ll be happy.
— 5 days ago

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Agrapart & Fils (Pascal Agrapart)

Vénus Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay 2010

Venus is a stellar no dosage champagne. Definitely worth seeking out.

A unique terroir
A Brut Nature champagne
Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru
Vintage champagne

Always a vintage champagne, this cuvee comes from a single vineyard of 60 ares in AVIZE (Fosse aux pourceaux).
No heavy mechanical machines were used in the maintenance of this vineyard, which has solemnly been worked by man and by horse.
Vénus is the domain’s single vineyard emblem.
Bottled under cork.
Disgorged 2 months before the release date without dosage.
This cuvee is only available in bottle.
— 7 days ago

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Palmer & Co

Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Chardonnay

Shay A

I’m between a 91-92 (same as I was for the Brut Reserve). After going through 6 of these and 6 brut reserve over the last year, I feel confident in the longevity of these Blanc de Blanc champagnes.

For a Blanc de Blanc, this shows plenty of yeasty/toasty notes with fleshy characteristics. Sea salted flaky honey buttered biscuits with lemon scone and honeysuckle aromatics. While the palate is similar, the finish is so drastically different than the rest of this champagne…almost too tart. Palate profile is rich with yellow fruits, kiss of nougat, and some classical limestone. The finish is just crazy underripe and again, tart. Razor sharp acidity. I think this is a champagne that benefits from time, whereas the Brut reserve is perfectly fine to consume now.
— a day ago

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Joshua Fisher

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@Joshua Fisher : Ha. I appreciate that. Just love wine…and part of the nerdy aspects of it! Hope to catch you at Brasswood once or twice when out that way the first week of September.
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Cakebread Cellars

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018

This is a very nice Chardonnay from Napa Valley. Well-balanced and easy drinking.

Showing citrus, lemons, apples, pears, light spices, minerals, oak and light vanilla.

Showing a nice mouthfeel with nice complexity.

This is a nice surprise as it is not too much in your face kind of wine, which is what I expected.

Will age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

I had it by the lake. Delicious all by itself.

Aged in French oak barrels (33% new) for 8 months.

13.7% alcohol by volume.

92 points.
— 11 hours ago

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Cheers! 🥂Always think of my friend when seeing this. It's her fave!


Sur Lie Chardonnay 2018

my first sa chard.

100% single vineyard chardonnay.
9 months in 🌳(30% new).
20% of wine was allowed malolactic conversion.

12.5 % ABV

green with golden hue 👀

wood driven spices, green 🍎 and peach👃

medium + body.
medium + acidity.

green 🍎, peach and nectarine, lime peel and lemon oil, vanilla, cloves and hinted butter 👄

medium + pleasant 🎯

oomphi but still elegant. great wine making.
i believe the 3 years since vintage rounded it for the best. could wait a year or two for better results.

paired best with white fish basic ceviche but also not too bad with mozzarella (introduced as burrata) salad, rice and rattatuee and 'asian' grilled chicken with beans on the side.

ok-ish basic suburbia restaurant with lovely wine brought from my m8 wine fridge.
— 9 days ago

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