Taittinger

Comtes de Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Chardonnay 2006

Delectable Wine
9.7

The 2006 Comtes de Champagne is striking, especially in the way it brings together elements of ripeness and freshness in a hypothetical blend of the 2002 and 2004. Smooth and creamy on the palate, the 2006 is all about texture. There is a real feeling of density and weight in the 2006, qualities I expect to see grow with time in the bottle. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The 2006 has been nothing short of magnificent both times I have tasted it. Comtes de Champagne remains the single best value (in relative terms) in tête de cuvée Champagne. I suggest buying a case and following it over the next 20-30 years, which is exactly what I intend to do. There is little doubt the 2006 Comtes de Champagne is a magical Champagne in the making. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Jul 2015) — 2 days ago

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Penfolds

Reserve Bin 14A Chardonnay 2016

2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣6️⃣

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🌍 7.3B

Superb @ £59

🍷Pale straw

👃 Squished lemon & lime in waterfall crashed mineral stones w/ green apple, peach, orange & apricot

👄 Creamy, but not syrupy, refreshing silky balanced med acidity in med body of zingy tart green apple & lemon curd

🎯 Med+ Granny Smith w/ citrus & dry mineral finale
— 7 days ago

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Peter Michael Winery

'La Carrière' Knights Valley Chardonnay 2011

Shay A
9.2

Forgot to post these from the other day. Mark, Dan and I were able to enjoy a relaxed afternoon at the wine storage facility, and some unique stuff was opened, as always!

Don’t think I’ve ever had this PM Chardonnay. Great nose of salted popcorn kernel and the finish had a mineral & stone driven note. Hint of caramel too. Probably in its best drinking window. Thanks Dan.
— 9 hours ago

Dan FitzgeraldMark Flesher
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Hugh O'Riordan

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I’ve had this wine. Amazing

Emmitt-Scorsone Wines

Domenica Amato Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Wasn’t expecting such a big Chardonnay - this is full throttle! (And it impressed the resident Chardonnay aficionado, aka my better half). Stone fruits, peach nectar, butterscotch, a touch of vanilla, citrus and minerals on the finish. Creamy texture with very decent acid. Long finish. Beautiful. Thanks for this bad ass in a glass @Martin G Rivard — 7 hours ago

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Shay A

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Will be even better in a few years! 👌🏼
Martin G Rivard

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@Carl Fischer @Shay A I agree!! Awesome now but will be a stud in a few years 🙌

Aubert

Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Shay A
9.4

Weston hosted Friday group today and was it definitely a can’t miss tasting. Wow! Absolutely knocked it out of the park with heavy hitter after heavy hitter. Similar to Wednesday group, all wines are tasted blind.

I really enjoy Ritchie chards, and was actually able to blindly guess this was from Ritchie vineyard. I always get a nuttiness and waxy finish from this vineyard. Happens every time. Bigger texture. You aren’t mistaking this for anything other than Cali chard, and it will almost always be from a top producer.
— a day ago

Weston Eidson
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Domaine Laurent & Karen Boussey

Les Caillerets Meursault 1er Cru Chardonnay

@delectable Meursault 1er cru les Caillerets. Beautiful seashell Nose. Lovely chard richness. Oak is integrated but you can feel its impact at this point in its life. Nice acidity. Great juiciness. Long rich almost alive finish. Texture is creamy. This should be much better in 2-3 years. I killed it young for research. Bought from Fass Selections. Ok. After an hour this is sick. Nutty. Much more complex. Almost like it’s Spicy. Aromatic. Wow. — 2 days ago

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Glad you liked it and updated it as a pop and pour note on a young wine from a great vineyard that is wooded needs minimum 2 hours for it to show itself.
9.4
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I mean a P and P note on a young wine like this is a disservice to the wine.

Kistler

Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2014

Shay A
9.4

Weston hosted Friday group today and was it definitely a can’t miss tasting. Wow! Absolutely knocked it out of the park with heavy hitter after heavy hitter. Similar to Wednesday group, all wines are tasted blind.

Without a doubt the best Kistler I’ve had to date. Nose was out of this world good...sweet lemon cream, almonds and smoked Gouda. Wonderful.
— a day ago

Weston Eidson
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Vincent Dauvissat

"La Forest" Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay 2001

2001 - on first pour the color immediately says advanced. Nose smelled mature nutty marzipan - mouth showed good acidity and not worth giving up on.. I told the person I was drinking this with it needed more air. I shook it violently in my glass - all of a sudden this cleaned up and showed great lime and minerality with surprising length and precision - i kid you not sometimes these older whites just need more air. I don’t think you could ask more from a white wine 15yrs in bottle. Find a reason to dink if you own it! — 4 days ago

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Littorai

Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

Shay A
9.3

Weston hosted Friday group today and was it definitely a can’t miss tasting. Wow! Absolutely knocked it out of the park with heavy hitter after heavy hitter. Similar to Wednesday group, all wines are tasted blind.

Possibly the most unique Cali chard I’ve come across. Most guessed Marsanne/Roussane Blend. The nose was so tropical/citrus like...apricot, pineapple and an oily finish. I wondered if it could be an Alsatian Pinot Gris based on the oily finish. Crazy.
— a day ago

Weston Eidson
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Etienne Boileau

Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaillons Chardonnay 2014

I never ever manage to get Chablis 1er when blinding so I’m cozying up with the Oxford companion, The Wine Bible, the Wine Atlas and the Guildsomm site to study tonight. Oh and also a opening a bottle. This wine has a lot to say! It starts with citrus, lemon rind and yellow apple on the nose then on the palate there’s all that plus the minerality. I can fairly taste white clay. And something almost honeysuckled to it. It’s very very tasty. I will keep tasting different producers until I can nail this blind. Goshdarnit to heckums. — 7 days ago

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Ellen Clifford

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@David T it isn’t the most convenient book to use although curious what version you have? I haven’t had issues with the maps and the binding. But so far while the Oxford is useful, the Wine Bible is by far my favorite wine book I’ve got! Both in terms of usefulness and entertainment. Although there at a few confounding omissions like the Jura. I guess you can’t have it all...
David T

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I used a lot of online sources. Wine Folly is good. One of the Master Somm’s I worked with suggested tracing over maps. It sounds sort of grade school but it works in helping commit info to memory. I also have about 20 or so regional PowerPoint presentations with detailed info on all key areas; which include maps. They are a few years dated but could email them to you if you provide me a email address.
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@David T that would be terrific! Thank you for offering:) scrumptiousgruel.ellen@gmail.com