Chardonnay

Jean François Ganevat

Les Grands Teppes Vieilles Vignes Côtes du Jura Chardonnay 2012

Sunday night treat. And what a treat! Huge wine. The nose is very precise and straight on the mineral side : oyster shell, chalk and hay. There is a bit of lemon too and it's not chablis like neither because there is a salty thing going on. The palate is a model of balance. Very precise too. A monstrous acid backbone that goes for ever. Lemony touches on the side with a depth, a width like I rarely came across. Layers and layers of texture : a good grip on the side, some matter and fruit along the acid backbone, an everlasting finish with fruity and mineral things dancing along, a salty note comes up in the end. The final notes linger for a very long while and leave a very fresh and digestive impression. Wow this is great — a day ago

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@Daniel Maquin Daniel Great post the wine sounds fabulous Cheers 🍷
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Thank you @P A it is indeed!

Kongsgaard

The Judge Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

Shay A
9.4

Heck of a hosting by @Weston Eidson last night for the City Club wine group. All wines were tasted blind.

Tasted alongside the Napa chardonnay from Kongsgaard, this was more elegant and finesse driven in every way. The nose wasn’t as bold with the oak and the palate was more acidic with lemon tart, lemon cream, and honeysuckle sporting a lengthy finish. My understanding is that The Judge builds in power with age so this is a peek at the very beginning of its climb. I guessed this was 2014 Aubert Ritchie.
— 2 days ago

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Young
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@David L : When do these start peaking? 5-7years after release? This was my first Judge, so I’d like to try one at its peak to see how it differs.
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5-7 Perfect @Shay A

Kistler

Vine Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 2015

Although I own a few younger Kistler, and have only really TASTED Kistler with 6+ years of age on it, this was a nice contrast. I can tell why some prefer these like this and why some prefer these with some age. This wine was a bit more acidic up front than I thought it would be. Had a nice mango and melon profile with some dried nut, herb and popcorn kernel going on, and was getting a tiny bit of tropical fruit to the back, but the body of this wine was a bit on the jagged side even on the finish although the finish was a bit more velvety. I can definitely see how this jagged quality would tone down after 5 + years so for those who appreciate this with a softer quality, you've got a bit of a wait ahead of you. — 9 days ago

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One of the younger Kistlers I’ve had, so no surprise there was bracing acidity up front. Packed full of mango, guava, stone fruits and savory popcorn kernel aromatics. Sharp. A deep herbal/white flower density on the mid palate. The finish almost had a chalky limestone note before it had an added citrus/lemon characteristic.
9.3

Domaine de la Motte

Beauroy Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay 2016

The nose is exotic fruits and lemon plus the chalky, crushed oyster usual stuff in chablis. From the nose you can tell it's Chablis premier cru and you know you are in for a ride. The palate is a model of balance with a nice and strong acid backbone showing off against a bright exotic fruit (pineapple and mango). A real presence in mouth with some width a soft touch on the sides. The mineral, chalky thing is there in the mouthfeel too that screams chablis all around. The finish is rather quick with lemon and pineapple and a chalky thread that makes of a fresh, delicious after taste. Good stuff, delivering right what it should be — 2 days ago

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Pierre Péters

Cuvée de Réserve Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

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9.4

Before i continue with the rest of the wines. I gotta tell y’all, i had one hell of a month after bottlerock and it’s not even summer yet. We celebrate birthdays, and we also had to celebrate a dear friend’s life. So with all the ups and downs I’ve witnessed i want you guys to know that these wines were enjoyed with, and in honor of some brilliant people.
Also, that special occasion that you were saving that wonderful bottle of wine might just come sooner than you think. We never know what day may come where we’re faced with our final moments, but you’ll always rest assured you drank that stunning bottle of La Tâche with the ones you love most... when you’re ready or what ever, just something to think about
— 7 days ago

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Well said my friend.

Ruinart

Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne Chardonnay 2007

Shay A
9.4

Heck of a hosting by @Weston Eidson last night for the City Club wine group. All wines were tasted blind.

This was fantastic, and my first experience with vintage Dom Ruinart. Yeasty but balanced out by mineral driven notes (slate, limestone). Medium bodied (more full when compared to the Marc Hebrart). Little bit of honey. Super smooth mousse. More reductive in style with a tiny bit of burnt matchstick I called this 2006 Blanc de Blanc champagne.
— 2 days ago

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Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Walker Bay Chardonnay 2013

Greg Ballington
9.2

Happy #InternationalChardonnayDay everyone. Second wine after the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a delicious bottling from South Africa made by Hamilton Russel Vineyards. Medium pale yellow. Rich and layered nose with notes of honeysuckle, peaches, pineapple and light spices. Medium acidity (6.5/10) and medium bodied. Crisp lemon zest on the palate with granny smith apples, stone fruits and white flowers. Long finish. Drink till 2022. — a month ago

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Pierre Callot

Le Chemin de Paradis Grand Cru

Nose has yeasty bread, green mango, fresh lemon peel, clementine wedges, oxidized pear and wet, crushed limestone.

Palate has insane citrus rind, cold clementine slices, squeeze of lime, firm apricot, yellow apple peel and yeasty minerals (if that were a thing).

Crazy amount of power behind each sip, reveals so many layers and nuances as it warms in the glass, stunning.

Blend of 2012/2013 plus reserve wine, partial malolactic, half in stainless and half in oak barrel, 12 months elevage and 41 months of bottle age, all Grand Cru from Avize. Fun stuff here tonight!
— 3 days ago

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@Severn Goodwin sounds amazing! Cheers! 🥂
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Kongsgaard

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016

Shay A
9.4

Heck of a hosting by @Weston Eidson last night for the City Club wine group. All wines were tasted blind.

This was really fun trying alongside The Judge (once they were revealed). I guessed this was 3-5 year old Cali chardonnay, and guessed it was a Montagu Ritchie. Crazy power to this...it mellowed a touch with time in the glass, but it was large and in charge. Smoked marshmallows, lemon oil, hazelnut and honeyed fruits. Viscous and rich on the palate.
— 2 days ago

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Chateau St. Jean

Cold Creek Ranch Chardonnay 2015

Greg Ballington
9.0

Happy #InternationalChardonnayDay everyone. First up is this single vineyard bottling from the Cold Creek Ranch made by Château St. Jean. Medium golden yellow in appearance. The weight starts showing from the get go with aromas of baked apples, lemon curd and a little butterscotch. Medium acidity (6/10) and medium bodied. Quite tropical on the palate surrounded by baked stone fruits and some oak influences. Medium plus finish and very enjoyable. Drink till 2023. — a month ago

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