Chardonnays from Burgundy & the Languedoc (plus a late addition…)


(late update – found another Chardonnay in need of exposure, see at the end…)

Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuissé 2015, Burgundy, France (~£25 Hailsham Cellars, Warlingham Wines, Saxty’s, North and South Wines, FL Dickins, Chester Beer and Wine, Fine Wine Sellers, Exel Wines, winedirect.co.uk, Amazon)
Gentle, generous style of wine, the warmth of the vintage means it’s fat and fleshy rather than sleek, with rich, rounded nutty pear and ripe apple favours, lots of depth and intensity, but lacks the poise and tang of really good Burgundy. B(+)

Domaine de la Metairie d’Alon Chardonnay Le Village 2016, Pays d’Oc, France (£14.99/£12.99 if you buy 6 Majestic)
This does have decent tangy lemon and green apple fruit, plus a hint of cashew, but the flavours get a bit lost behind the rather dominant oak character. B(-)

Louis Latour Pouilly–Vinzelles “En Paradis” 2015, Burgundy, France (£22.99/£19.99 if you buy 6 Majestic)
Initially a little dumb, but with time, fleshy melon and pineapple flavours emerge alongside the creamy nuttiness. As with the Pouilly-Fuissé, an OK wine, but lacks the tang of a good vintage. B

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Stop Press

Realised this hadn’t been posted, it’s not French but it seemed sensible to put it in with these other Chardonnays…

KWV Cathedral Cellar Chardonnay* 2015, Western Cape, South Africa (£10.99 selected Co-op Stores) 
Slightly old-fashioned style, with rich buttery. Nutty notes to the tinned peach and pear flavours. Has an OK zesty finish, but feels like last year’s wine. C+

*wine link is to 2014 vintage, 2015 currently not on the KWV site

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