In honour of the recently completed 35th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival who's featured varietal this year was Chardonnay, this month's wine picks is dedicated to that classic Burgundian grape which has found many new places to thrive around the world. Long live Chardonnay!
Canada. At first impression the 2011 La Frenz Chardonnay seems to follow on the heels of
the lean and tart 2010 edition,
however, when given time to open-up in the glass the wine reveals a layer of
rich orchard fruit beneath the crisp and tangy veneer which rounds-out the
palate and compliments the light oak and MLF notes living up to the
USA. This is the right kind of California oaked Chardonnay; big and buttery without
the loss of balance. Melon, caramel apple and pear aromas greet you on the
intense nose followed by similar flavours on the rich, textured palate with
added white chocolate, lime rind and lychee notes.
Canada. This is a tricky wine to get hold of now, but no Chardonnay list would be complete without including our Icon Wine of the Year for 2012. Delicate, complex and supremely well balanced.
USA. This beautiful Washington State Chardonnay was tasted last Summer as a barrel sample but is now ready to be released. A feminine, single-vineyard Chardonnay with layers of dried roses, orchard
fruit, citrus and melon aromas on the clean, elegant nose.
Italy. A curious selection from a country that mostly produces short-lived and spicy white wines. This is an age-worthy wine with gorgeous almond, crispy bread, orchard fruit and mineral characters aged in 100% new French oak that challenges where we expect top-notch Chardonnay to originate from.
France. A stunning Champagne made from 100% Chardonnay grapes sourced exclusively from Grand and 1er cru vineyards offering sweet brioche, floral and mineral characters. Fresh, clean and crisp, the house style avoids all secondary Malolactic fermentation leaving the natural acidity high yet completely balanced. Ultra delicate on the pleasing fine-bubbled palate.