Chardonnay

Davis Estates

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014

David T
9.4

It has been awhile since we’ve had the 2014 and it’s evolving nicely.

My suggestion is you chill down the Davis Chardonnay, take it out of chill mode a half-hour to forty-minutes prior to enjoying. Then, get this soft white cheese from Harrison Cellars - Spruce Bark Wrapped Bloomy Rind and the Firehook crackers and enjoy them all together. They are a Heavenly pairing together.

As for the 2014 Davis Chardonnay, the nose reveals, more honey notes, over ripe; pineapple flesh, golden apple, sour Meyer lemons. Apricots, peach, lime candy, green apple, beeswax, honeycomb, tangerine notes, saline, excellent, soft chalkiness, limestone & grey volcanic minerals, a little white spice, yellow lilies, fruit blossoms, jasmine with a touch of mixed greens.

The body is full, thick, lush and rich. The texture is gorgeous and sexy...beautifully delicious over the palate. Lots of honey notes, over ripe; pineapple flesh, golden apple, sour Meyer lemons. Apricots, peach, lime candy, more green apple, beeswax, honeycomb, tangerine notes, caramel, a touch of toffee, butter, cream, saline, excellent, soft chalkiness, limestone & crushed, grey volcanic minerals, a little white spice with a touch of heat, yellow lilies, fruit blossoms, jasmine with a touch of mixed greens. The acidity is excellent, round and phat. The long, rich, lush, gorgeous, sexy, well balanced finish persists nicely for minutes.

Pound for pound, dollar for dollar, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better CA Chardonnay for the money. $36 member price and $48 non-member price.

You want to enjoy this just below room temperature to get all it has to offer.

Photos of, the right side view from their terrace with their signature windmill, the center direct view of the valley floor through to the other side, the Harrison soft white cheese & Firehook crackers to a pair with the Davis Chardonnays.

Their Chardonnays show nuisances year to year but, are very consistent in quality year to year.
— 2 hours ago

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Bouchard Père et Fils

Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay 2005

Light gold, heavy in the glass. Great nose right out of the gate. Notes of citrus, white clay, pear, a little iodine and some spice. Rich and powerful in the mouth. Really good wine. Ripe fruit matched with a strong backbone of acidity. I think this is drinking well right now. Bottles like this should have a long future and could improve some more. — a day ago

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Kistler

Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Shay A
9.3

A few days late in posting the Wednesday Wine Committee wines. Standard format with 1 sparkler, 3 whites, 4 reds and 1 dessert wine. All served blind.

One of the better Kistlers I’ve had. Green tinged in the glass with gorgeous notes of keylime pie and crust, lemon cream, and honeysuckle. Rich and powerful on the palate...more so than most Kistlers I’ve had. Soft and round profile. Finish has a savory sea salt note. Very nice. I guessed young Kistler Chardonnay.
— 7 days ago

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HYDE!!!

Domaine Jean Dauvissat Pere & Fils

Montmains Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay 2015

Would not guess this is a 15.

Nose is gorgeous. It has that insane gorgeous perfumey density. As it aerates it evolves into some crazy intense profound rich mineral thing with undefined rich fruit.

Pretty classic balance wise albeit with some nice fruit. Still that chablisien minerality. Awesome texture. Wow. Sweet rocks on the palate. Almost some northern Rhône like elements. Sick.

Beautiful long finish. Like petrified green apples.

Top top top top notch.

This guy is a star. Buy as much as you can cellar. You will weep you didn’t buy more when these are raveneau prices.

Bought from fass selections.
— a day ago

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Launois Père et Fils

Veuve Clemence Mesnil-Sur Oger Blanc Blancs

David T
9.4

To borrow a page from @Anthony Lombardi postings, today Eddie Money passed away @ 70 years of age. Too soon!

So many childhood memories to his music. Was he the GOAT of Rock N Roll? Not exactly. But, he left his mark none the less. I find it’s memories that make music & wine greater.

So Eddie took his “Ticket to Paradise” and got himself “Home Tonight!” For all the great music and memories, I raise a glass of this appropriately choicen Champagne because of its bottling designation and say, cheers to Eddie Money. RIP Eddie. 💰 🎷 🎸 🎶🥂
— 7 days ago

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Damn, I didn't hear this news, I'll raise a glass.
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Cheers to Eddie Money!
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@David T David To Eddie Money Cheers 🥂

Thirty Five Cellars

Thirsty Chardonnay 2017

Thirty Five Cellars Thirsty Chardonnay 2017, California

A very enjoyable Chardonnay from California. Unique and interesting.

Showing apples, melons, tropical fruits, pears and light oak.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate.

Buttery, spicy, round and slightly oaked.

Good by itself, with a great mouthfeel.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$23.
— 3 days ago

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Louis Latour

Meursault Goutte d'Or 1er Cru Chardonnay 2012

Butter, hay, lemon. Rather simple nose which screams Meursault in your face. The palate is huge with sheer acids, a buttery touch on the side, a huge width with a dense matter, some grip starting from mid palate, lemony notes all along and an everlasting finish with butter and lemon. It lasts more than a minute. What a finish! Such power. You gotta love it. — 6 days ago

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“Which screams Meursault in your face” clear description!
Daniel Maquin

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Ahah thank you Peter!

Domaine Billard-Gonnet

Clos des Mouches Beaune 1er Cru Chardonnay 2013

Lyle Fass
9.5

After 6 years this is starting to really strut its stuff and live up the exalted status of this great 1er Cru. Nose of lemon zest, lemon curd, mineral, kiss of oak, a little muted for now as a bit cold but palate is unreal. Huge density and richness with terrific acidity and freshness. Massively mineral finish with serious structure and concentration. Finish is compact and comes across as massive yet closed. Very pure and just superb quality. Very complex finish and really all the way through.Stunning showing. Great terroir. Wish i would have waited longer and i rarely say that. — 5 days ago

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Domaine Jean Dauvissat Pere & Fils

Chablis Chardonnay 2017

OMG 2017 Chablis, what a vintage you are!!

Nose has slightly grassy notes, sweet pineapple core and wet, crushed limestone.
Palate has very zingy lime, lime flesh, tart green apple, lemon peel and drying mineral dust. Medium-long finish.

Decanted only about 30m, more time needed.
We're enjoying our first fire in the chimenea on this cool late summer evening, just one of many to come the rest of the year.

24 Hour Update: Acidity has subsided, wet limestone is more prominent, pineapple notes are more core and less sweetness today. I knew this just needed more time to come around, fantastic.
— 7 days ago

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Michael Herzog

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Have you had many 2017 White Burgs to see if the comparison continues further south? ‘14 an absolute favorite of mine for whites!
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@Michael Herzog I do own a bunch of 17 Burg, some is at the house, some on pre-arrival still. Haven't opened anything aside from Chablis for 17. Likely I'll wait until at least '20 before I get to them.
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@Michael Herzog 17 >>> 14 because more depth and fruit and better balance. 14 doesn’t have the depth. It has acid but is not aging as well as I thought. 17 is overall better.

Jean-Jacques Morel

Puligny-Montrachet Chardonnay 2014

Wow. Utterly magnificent for village puligny. Genius wine. Worth $100 easy. When morel hits it he hits it. Nose is so elegant. Fresh rainwater. Yellow flowers. Beautiful. The palate is sweet mineral goodness. Like a sweet rock was pulverized in your mouth. Long finish. A wine of beauty and distinction. Too bad French over regulation caused him to throw in the towel.

As this aerates the nose is beautiful. The palate is richer. But in such an elegant way.

This needs an hour to peak. Wow. This is gorgeous. Grand cru gorgeous. Wow. Hand over land. Lol. The ultimate king slayer to bring to a burgundy tasting.

Bought from fass selections.
— 10 days ago

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King Slayer, I like it 👍
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Ooh ahhh. Want.