Chardonnay

Henri Prudhon & Fils

Sur Gamay Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Chardonnay 2016

Nose has oxidized yellow apple, pineapple core, peach pit, lemon zest and older, wet oak.

Palate has day old pineapple slice, dried lemon peel, creamy butter, green banana peel, zingy acidity with nice sandstone-like minerals on the medium-long finish.

Seems quite advanced for a 2016 vintage, a nose and (sort of) palate of a wine 6+ years its senior. Our only bottle, likely we could get another, but at ~$50 it's not worth it to us. I did decant for about 90m, based on experience with other 2016 S-A wines, not sure if this was enough time for this bottle, but it is showing improvement with glass time.

At hour 3+ the semi-ripe, tropical fruits are finally making an entrance 👍
— 2 days ago

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Domaine Sebastien Dampt

Les Beugnons Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay 2018

Lyle Fass
9.3

Always the class of the 1er cru at Dampt and man is this a smoker. Gorgeous nose of pear, apple, intense salty iodine, gorgeous ocean air, confectionary minerality. Palate is superb with wonderful texture and richness and lovely crunch. So clean and pure with racy acidity and freshness and awesome explosiveness. Concentrated and balanced with a long salty finish with terrific crunch and texture. So pure and ripe but with just insane freshens. So long and persistent. A star. — 8 days ago

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Winzerhof Thörle

Réserve Chardonnay 2018

Lyle Fass
9.3

Smells like Meursault. Beeswax, butter, some ML rich aromas, salty, mineral, ocean breeze. Gorgeous and stunning. Palate is ripe and rich with a succulent texture and such purity. Terrific freshness and sweet fruit and oak is like a 5% accent on the palate. So well made. Terrific energy and lingering length. — 4 days ago

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A Thörle chard? Wow
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@Severn Goodwin yes and it’s great. Like Hard from Zieriesen quality level

Hudson

Estate Grown Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

Shay A
9.3

I can’t believe I haven’t posted this, especially since I’ve gone through who knows how many this year. For me, Hudson chardonnay fruit is very distinctive aromatically, as I pick up clove and juicy fruit gum notes. Added notes of vanillin, Anjou pears and a touch of marzipan. Certainly rich in style and unmistakably Cali but lots of deep flavor and complexity. Honeyed Passion fruit, sea salted popcorn, and almond pastry on the palate. Good acidity as well. I’ve also found Hudson chardonnay fruit to be best enjoyed on the young side, but that may vary by producer. A consistently delicious chardonnay. — 2 hours ago

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@Shay A Nice pic! 🎅

Kistler

Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2006

Shay A
9.2

November’s 4th Friday was a big hit. There is no way I’ll be able to upload all the wines, nor give them the reviews they deserve, but there were a few worthy of mentioning!

A bit sulfuric on the nose. Slightly funky and herbal aromatics but the palate was showing zippy acidity and a shocking amount of tart fruit! Underripe Granny Smith Apple, lemon tart, mango and limestone. Very different on the palate than the nose.
— 7 days ago

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Domaine Leflaive

Puligny-Montrachet Chardonnay 2011

Alex Lallos
9.2

Exceptional as always. Pale yellow gold with a slightly reduced nose of gunsmoke, lemon and yellow apple. Opened up beautifully over and hour plus and really gained weight. Mineral driven and no signs of premox. Yummmm — 2 days ago

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Aubert

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018

Ron R
9.3

Nose displays butterscotch and blood orange. Palate presents caramel, baked bread and a hint of green capsicum. Finishes with good weight, round acidity, and moderate sweetness. These appellation bottlings from Aubert are understated, and wonderful as a result.

Renovation update - first phase of stairs are finally in, after I (general contractor) screwed up my angles. Monday/Tuesday will be big...
— 10 days ago

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That is great to hear things are going good on renovation @Ron R
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@Severn Goodwin, I’m over my head here. @Eric Shanks, nah I’m just project managing and coordinating contractors - along with some guidance from @Mo Salem. @Mike R, the major work will be complete by the end of the week 🙂
Stuart Scheff

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When will everything be done? I started 10 years ago and now on to the last room.

J.L. Vergnon

Resonance Millesime Blanc de Blancs Champagne 2009

Delectable Wine
9.1

The 2009 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Resonance Grand Cru brings together the natural radiance of the year with the pedigree of the Chetillons lieu-dit in Mesnil that forms the core of the blend. Apricot, tangerine oil, yellow flowers and light tropical overtones grace this generous, open-knit Blanc de Blancs from Vergnon. Disgorged: February 7, 2017. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2019) — 11 hours ago

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Janotsbos

Bourgogne Chardonnay 2014

A darn good value, if not quite at the extraordinary quality level of the ‘13. Nose has straw-laced Chardonnay fruit accented with melted butter-drizzled Burgundian gravel. Soft and mouthfilling. Pretty good concentration but is a little looser than the 13 version as the acids are there but are softer than many 14s. Hard to complain however at a mid-$20s price point (if I am remembering correctly). — 2 days ago

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My favorite Belgian transplant in Mersault, a very generous and knowledgeable man.

Kongsgaard

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017

David T
9.4

Lots of sour lemons, lime candy, overripe pineapple, apricots, green & golden apple-more green, beeswax, honeysuckle, butterscotch, thick & a little gluey, white spice with heat, solid structure/backbone, buttered popcorn, cream, lots of chalkiness, volcanic minerals, oak char, limestone with fruit blossoms, jasmine & yellow lilies. The acidity is round & nicely executed. The long round, well balanced, polished finish is delicious and persists for minutes.

Over chilled it, decanted it 40 minutes.

These will benefit from 5-7 years in bottle. Curious about the 17 vintage. Have additional bottles for later.

Thanksgiving part II.
— 11 days ago

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