Chardonnay

Jean-Jacques Morel

La Chatenière Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Chardonnay 2018

Nose has cooled lemon curd, light apple cider vinegar, cold pineapple, moist moss, oxidized green apple slice, damp clove and very wet grassy notes.

Palate has pineapple core, bruised green pears, faint lanolin, light honey notes, light under-ripe yellow peach and white waxy notes round out the finish.

Double decant with 12H rest. A Saint Aubin for the trending natural wine crowd without being over the top 'natural'. 92-93 Points.

Paired to a grilled slab of Steelhead Trout, perfection.

24H Update:
Nose has fresh green apple peel, warmed yellow apple slice and white waxy notes.
Palate has warm pear, slight honey and under-ripe pineapple.
Much improved; Score change 92>93.
— 3 days ago

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Nice.. wonder how it will be today
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Severn, you eat well! Hugh

Saintsbury

Sangiacomo Vineyards Chardonnay 2018

Maybe the best thing I could say is that if I liked big Cali chards, I would love this. Its beautifully made, I respect it. Its actually not huge, & restrained in so many ways. On nose-ripe starfruit & mango; On palate-Ripe mango, banana (?) blended with iodine & taffy. Medium acid, strong mid palate. Tried it cold & tried a tic above room temp. Prefer colder, as hides some of the tropical fruits, which aren’t my fave. To be fair, I think I would give higher score if this fit my flavor profile better. Its reasonably priced. Good with food-paired with a cavatelli dish with cooked squash & garlic. — 3 days ago

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Domaine Sebastien Dampt

Côte de Léchet Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay 2019

Lyle Fass
9.4

Classic Dampt Lechet nose. Seashells. Minerals. Green apple skins. So aromatic. So classic. Just classic. I can’t stop saying classic. Palate is rich but energetic and has nice cut. 19 is kind of almost riper than 18 on this bottling which is weird. Salty finish and tons of mineral depth and lovely acid structure. Ideally better in 5 years. Serious grip and intensity here. Great length, depth, power and concentration. Even some finesse. But this is a beast. A salty beast. Love it — 2 days ago

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Domaine Roulot

Les Tillets Meursault Chardonnay 2011

The south facing floral, pure and mineral Tillets and 2011 is a perfect match. It’s in a fantastic spot flaunting a beautiful bouquet of lilies, gunflint, hazelnut, honeyed stone fruit and lemon zest. The palate is incredibly vibrant with a crystalline purity, citrusy acids, an elegant texture and a stony mineral spine that holds it all together before its long, lifted and focused finale. 2011 Tillets has come together beautifully! — 3 days ago

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Larmandier-Bernier

Terre de Vertus Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs Champagne 1er Cru Chardonnay 2014

When we talk purity and honesty in wine, Larmandier-Bernier instantly comes to mind. An attractive light golden robe and impressive perlage. The nose is instantly striking with plenty of green apple and butter. Lemon and limes along with marzipan. Chalky and fresh, this is one that you really should just sit with for a while and appreciate. The pastry aromas are absolutely killer here. The citrus fruit notes are really prominent over time. So pretty.

A biodynamic Blanc de Blancs from masters of their terroir. Stately and august while remaining approachable. It’s a wine you want to be effusive. Full of personality, charm, and complexity there’s such power and grace with this champagne. Brilliant acidity but there’s no way I would mark this as zero dosage if tasted blind. Laser like precision here. So classy and luxurious.

In the mouth, this is pure joy. Pure finesse and excellence. Terrific texture and balance. Citrus and slight toasted brioche notes. There’s a really nice streak of spice towards the end, especially on the second day. This champagne may not be right for everyone but it’s certainly right for me. I love this.
— 9 days ago

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Louis Jadot

Domaine Gagey Le Clou D'Orge Ladoix Chardonnay 2019

2019; Decanted 2H.

Nose has dried pineapple, wet plywood, dried lemon zest, dehydrated mango, vanilla and peach cobbler.

Palate has pineapple core, ripe yellow apple, clementine zest, mango with a nice bite of acidity.

So youthful! We're really looking ahead to how these develop over the next 6-8+ years, as that seems to be the sweet spot on this particular site. (Heck, the 2013's are still drinking amazing.)

24H Update:
Nose has overflowing pineapple & vanilla and crushed lemon peel.
Palate has warmed vanilla ice cream, mashed ripe pineapple with faded acidity. The vanilla notes are very present today.
— 4 days ago

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Pierre Brisset

Abbaye de Morgeot Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Chardonnay 2020

Lyle Fass
9.8

OMG what a nose . Heaven. Floral and ripe and so pretty. Like pretty when you see a woman so gorgeous that you just can’t muster up any words. Striking. Unreal lemon and lime. Meyer lemon. But omg the florality. Beautiful discreet oak. Framed so perfectly. Like a filmmaker framing a shot. This nose is 9.9. It’s that easy and that good. Wow. That is concentrated and so deep. Candied and elegant with a superb core of sweet fruit and sweet wood. Impeccable balance. Superb intense and scintillating minerality. More mineral than 18. About as mineral as 19. As this airs the harmony of the nose becomes greater and greater. Wow this is dense and intense. For a wine that is this structured it is graceful a f. — 7 days ago

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Enate

234 Somontano Chardonnay 2020

Never though I would taste, much-less like, a Chardonnay from Northeastern Spain; from the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains to be exact.

It has a pale gold color with pear, peach, apple, and some tropical aromas. The fore pallet is consistent with the aromas plus deep notes of passion fruit and honey suckle on the mid pallet. Dry with a medium-round body, medium acidity, and a clean refreshing finish.

PS Producer claims it is hundred percent unoaked Chard; hard to believe, imho. A very new and welcoming alternative to acidic-citrus-explosive New World Chardonnay, I suppose…
— a day ago

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Jean-Jacques Morel

Bourgogne Chardonnay 2018

2018; Beeswax, yellow apple, green hay, still quite primary. Decanted 2H, notes and score tomorrow.

24H Update:
Nose has warmed lemon pie, burning beeswax candle, bruised yellow apple, saline solution and wet, grassy notes.
Palate has warmed lemon slice, dried pineapple, dehydrated apricots and candied lemon.

Possibly a compromised bottle, will check another soon.

48H Update:
These wines need patience...Finally returning to how we remember.
Nose has tart green apple, honeycomb and grassy notes.
Palate has dried pineapple, candied lemon and dehydrated stonefruit (apricot or peach).
Lovely; Score change 90>91.
— 4 days ago

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VGW Chardonnay 2017

Shay A
9.2

Rounding up here. Closer to 89-90 upon opening, but fleshed out and mellowed (in a good way) later in the day.

I’ve had the VGW, EGW, Eola Springs and the Richard Hermann and found the VGW to be the most different. The vein of simileties between these Chardonnays is a fair bit of reduction, but the others have this sweet-smoke to them…the VGW comes across more sweat/vegetal on the nose. I put it in a decanter and left it alone for an hour and it had shed that note and revealed grilled lemon and oyster shell in its place. Deep yellow in the glass with a bright yet mid weight profile. It’s not rich nor is it lean. Herb crusted yellow fruits and lemon oil dominate the palate. Stoney/mineral driven. I corked this after 6hrs and then revisited the next day and found that it was fairly similar to the last glass I had the evening before. Obviously a few years will benefit this, but if opening now, definitely give it a decant.

I’m not sure I can compare this Oregon Chardonnay to anything else. 13% ABV, and I suppose it’s very “Oregon” as I could see it being a bridge between OR and burgundy.
— 10 days ago

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Deborah M

Deborah M

So glad to see your review on this one @Shay A ! I just grabbed 3 of these and have yet to try. Given the nod to Burgundian style, you think these can sit a couple years or do I need to consume quickly??
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@Deborah M : Definitely no rush to consume. It’s ready to go as long as you can let it breathe for a while…took almost an hour in the decanter to blow off its reductive funk. Once it did, it was enjoyable.