Chardonnay

Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin

Blanchot Chablis Grand Cru Chardonnay 2014

David T
9.4

@Delectable this is 2014 Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin, “Blanchot”

The nose reveals; candle wax, lemons, green apple, overripe pineapple, kiwi, lime pulp, pear, white peach, apricots, peach, topical melons, beeswax, honeysuckle, vanillin, creamy butter, fresh herbs, caramel, subtle chalkiness, sea fossils, limestone, grey volcanics, the lemon in Lemon Pledge, green grass, dry straw, glazed, brown butter, with fruit blossoms, yellow lilies, jasmine & spring flowers.

The palate is; rich, lush, round, waxy and elegantly smooth. Excellent viscosity. Glorious as it slips over the beautiful mouthfeel. Sour lemons, green apple, overripe pineapple, kiwi, lime pulp & candy, pear, white peach, apricots, peach, guava, topical melons, beeswax, candle wax, honeysuckle, vanillin, creamy butter, fresh herbs, caramel, subtle chalkiness, sea fossils, saline, limestone, grey volcanics, the lemon in Lemon Pledge, green grass, dry straw, glazed, brown butter with fruit blossoms, yellow lilies, jasmine & spring flowers. The acidity is; round, phat & lively. The finish is; polish, rich, lush, balance fruit & earth and has no hiccups. Great wire to wire.

Photos of; one of their Vineyards, Benoît Droin tasting through his wines & Domaine Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin,

Producer notes; The Droins have been producing wines in Chablis for nearly 400 years (their history as vignerons goes back at least to 1620). Benoît is the 14th generation guardian.

The Domaine has 13 hectares of vineyards and produces 14 different wines, including Petit Chablis, Chablis, 7 Premiers Crus and 5 Grand Crus. They prune specific to each vineyard. The wines are fermented differently by vineyard.

All their wines are fermented in mature oak. The Blanchots are all fermented and matured in tank. Vaillons, Mont de Milieu and Montée de Tonnerre receive 25 per cent of barrel fermentation and maturation, 35 per cent for Vosgros and Vaudésir, 40 per cent for Montmains and Valmur, peaking at 50 per cent for Fourchaume, Grenouilles and Les Clos. However the age of the oak and the choice of tonnelier may vary according to the cuvée. The maximum new oak is ten per cent in the Grand Crus.
— 7 days ago

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Thank you David, I had the chance to visit this domaine in 2018 and I am a big fan of their wines. It is quite a wonderful visit with Benoit who is very knowledgeable and passionate where one can appreciate the different terroirs and character of each of their wines.

Hubert Lamy

En Remilly Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Chardonnay 2016

Shay A
9.3

My second time with this producer after having the 2015 Les Frionnes a few weeks ago. I find the two to be quite different and definitely preferred the En Remilly.

Aromatically, it shows caramel dipped Granny Smith apple, melon, pineapple, honeysuckle and a kiss of oak. Where it really differs from the Les Frionnes is the profile on the palate...much more texture and richness here. Classical chalk and limestone alongside more melon, underripe white peach, and the very end of the finish has a note of granulated brown sugar which is really unique (and enjoyable). It’s all wrapped in a nicely dense but quite lifted profile. The warmer it gets, the more honeyed it gets. I thought this was best just a tad warmer than cellar temp, and feel this would be a good bridge to white burgundy for those who enjoy quality US chards. Thanks to
@David T again for the intro to this producer!
— 6 days ago

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@Shay A A great bottle, from a great vintage! I'm still holding this, and picked up the '17 last Fall.

Frog's Leap

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017

Family-owned winery, founded by the Williams Family in 1981, devoted to sustainable principles and producing wines with respect for terroir. Interesting Napa Chard, No Oak!! Pale light gold with medium+ aromas of floral, stone and citrus fruits. On the palate this full-bodied wine shows flavors of peach, ripe apple and lemon peel flavors. Long finish with generous acidity ending with an earthy wet stone character. Nice! — 10 hours ago

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Pierre Boisson

Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2015

David T
9.3

We tried the 2017 last weekend. It was really good. I said, it needed a couple years in bottle. After having the 2015 tonight, I would say it’s better but, like this 15 it still needs a couple more years to flush out to its best form.

I like this rising Burgundian producer & new to me. For $39, it overachieves & drinks better than many more expensive CA Chardonnays. As I mentioned in my 2017 post, this producer uses a shade more new wood than is typical for White Burgundy...it has a little backbone.

The nose reveals; sour lemons, green apple with skin, lime zest to candy, overripe pineapple, under ripe, green melon, white peach, peach, apricot, kiwi, guava, cream, brown butter, white spice, limestone, chalky grains in powder, caramel notes, butterscotch candy, dry herbs, honey/honeycomb quality, grey volcanics, fruit blooms, jasmine, yellow lilies & spring flowers.

The body is; full, round, waxy, slightly gluey with nice viscosity. This also drinks like a nice Meursault. Sour lemons, green apple with extra skin, lime zest to candy, overripe pineapple, under ripe, green melon, white peach, peach, apricot, kiwi, guava, cream, brown butter, white spice, limestone, chalky grains in powder, wet some, flintiness, slightly, metallic minerals, caramel notes, butterscotch candy, dry herbs, honey/honeycomb quality, grey volcanics, fruit blooms, jasmine, yellow lilies & spring flowers. The acidity round, phat and well executed. The finish is; well balanced, nicely knitted, lush, rich, polished and lingers on for minutes ending in grippy chalkiness & minerals.

Needs to be decanted & enjoyed around 60 degrees.

Photos of; Domaine Pierre Boisson, staff picking grapes (that basket is a back breaker after awhile), beautiful Chardonnay clusters ready for harvest & Pierre, Bernard & Anne Boisson

@Shay A Maybe, your next producer introduction? Have to work that out.
— 8 days ago

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New to me! Sounds up my alley though.

Domaine Bachelet-Monnot

Les Referts Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Chardonnay 2016

Slight reduction but very elegant and classy nose of white orchard fruit and some floral tones, wet stones and a lot of minerality that also that carries over on the palate, crisp and elegant, with great Puligny backbone, delicious and long mouth watering finish. Always a great wine made by the two Bachelet brothers. 92-93

Un peu réduit au nez mais très élégant et racé avec des notes florales et de fruits du verger blancs, un côté salin et minéral qui se transpose en bouche aussi. Belle structure et colonne de Puligny avec cette acidité racée et noble, avec une longueur minérale, savoureuse et salivante, une autre belle réussite des frères Bachelet.
— 15 hours ago

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Bravium

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018

I forget what I pay for some of these new ones I’ve never had.
Opened and tasted before I looked it up. Not bad for $15.00
I was hoping I didn’t pay over $30.00
Winery notes,

Rooted in the vision of winemaker Derek Rohlffs, Bravium is a study in patience and a mindful connection between land and wine. It's all about the connection between vineyard and what goes in the glass. "Terrior is a gift." Winery note: "This bright and balanced wine perfectly reflects the cool-climate Russian River Valley vineyard where it was grown. Brilliant yellow-gold in color, with fresh tree and tropical fruit aromas that are highlighted by candied apple, ripe peach, pineapple, brioche, lemon oil, white flowers, and sea spray. The wine opens with gorgeous sweet apple and pineapple fruit flavors, with vanilla and honeycomb notes. A finely-textured, invigorating mouthfeel, with a generous mid-palate and medium-plus acidity, is framed by crisp fruit and subtle oak-derived flavors. Hints of herbal tea give way to flinty minerality and refreshing acidity. The complex flavors linger on the finish of this racy and lively Chardonnay."
— 11 days ago

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I’ve really enjoyed wines from Derek Rohlffs so far.
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First time having any of his wines@Nicole Lowman

Ravines Wine Cellars

Finger Lakes Chardonnay 2017

Nose has grilled lemon, baked green apple with sugar and wet granite, the French oak regimen seems a little more dominant then to my liking.

Palate has lemon juiced over cut green apple, lemon zest, decent FLX terrior with minor salinity and dry soil.

A young bottle, as I still complain about 2017 Chablis being too sharp and needing much more time. No overloaded acidity here, but I do see potential in this bottle for pleasant development in another 4-6 years.
— 15 hours ago

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Domaine Leroy

Bourgogne Chardonnay 2015

David T
9.2

The nose reveals; green apple, candle wax, lime candy, pineapple, tropical melons, cream, some buttered popcorn, white peach, honeycomb, dry & fresh herbs, soft, powdery chalkiness, saline, limestone minerals, volcanics, sea fossils, steeliness, vanillin, lanolin, cheese rind with yellow lilies/flowers, jasmine and fruit blossoms.

The mouthfeel is; full, round, lush and gorgeous with high viscosity. Green apple, candle wax, lime candy, very ripe, juicy pineapple flesh, kiwi, tropical melons, cream, some buttered popcorn, white peach, honeysuckle to honey, caramel notes, dry & fresh herbs, soft, powdery chalkiness, saline, hints of dry grass, grippy limestone minerals & grey volcanics, sea fossils, white spice, steeliness, vanillin, lanolin, cheese rind with yellow lilies/flowers, jasmine and fruit blossoms. The acidity is lively and round. The finish is minutes, nicely balanced in fruit & minerality, palate penetrating white spice with some mid intensity heat.

Photos of; Lalou Bize-Leroy (aka “The Queen of Burgundy”) tending & singing to her vines, one of their amazing vineyards and their 2015 wines aging barrel.
— 9 hours ago

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Domaine Morey-Coffinet

Les Caillerets Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Chardonnay 2012

The colour is fairly dark and pronounced which shows a little bit the amount of new wood more so then premox. The nose is very aromatic, caramel, some ripe yellow fruit. The palate follows the same path, ripe and still oaky, acidity on the low side slightly that makes it a bit too heavy at this stage. En Caillerets is a great Terroir that needs time, but in this case I had more fun with the 2014’s from this producer. 88-89 pts for me

Couleur prononcée qui démontre plus le style boisé du producteur à cette époque que de l’oxydation prématurée. Le nez fait boisé, caramel et fruits jaunes très murs. La bouche est sur le même registre, riche et ample, un peu lourde manquant un peu d’acidité à mon sens. En Caillerets est pourtant un grand terroir qui demande du temps, mais j’ai eu plus de plaisir avec les 2014 du domaine dont le style aurait aussi changé un peu.
— 15 hours ago

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Petaluma

Tiers Chardonnay 2002

Ron R
9.5

Petaluma Tiers - In my mind, a first-growth chard from down under.
I spat my pacifier out when the cork disintegrated, but I need not have been concerned.
The visual presentation is stunning - look at that golden color in the glass. The nose displays roasted almonds, nutmeg, toasted bread and white fruits.
Palate is regal, revealing poise, layers and complexity. The mouthfeel is dense, while notes of nuts, exotic fruits and oak are layered. The acidity provides a frame for the overall structure. The almost undetectable oxidation is to be expected, but that just adds to what is a stunning example.
@Bob McDonald, any backstories to share?
Pairing this with filet and porcini mushrooms (which I have never cooked) 😱
— 7 days ago

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@Ron R - envious of your food, your wine palate, and your eye for a great pic
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Thanks, @John Adams. I’m trying to copy my artsy fartsy wife 😀
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Very nice pic and the wine and food look delicious