Chardonnays from France, Chile, South Africa & California

Blason de Bourgogne Chablis La Réserve 2012, Burgundy, France (£12.99 Sainsbury’s)
Typical (decent) Chablis, seems as if it’s going to be quite rich, creamy and nutty, but then the citrus finesse kicks in, along with a touch of brine. B+

Kalfu Kuda Unoaked Chardonnay 2013, Leyda, Chile (£11.99 The Wine Treasury may have it soon)
Plenty of fruit here – grapefruit, pineapple and nectarine – but there’s also a nutty note from lees aging, and a (not unpleasant) note of slightly Sauvignon-like cabbagey reduction. S-
(This is from Viña Ventisquero – would link to their website, but it’s down at the mo…)

Montsablé Chardonnay 2013, Pays d’Oc, France (£9.99 Elwood Wines, Old School Wines, The Fine Wine Company)
I like the pithy mandarin orange flavours tinged with notes of cashew, but overall it’s just a bit on the safe side – no sparks or extra layers. B-

Abbotts & Delaunay Zephyr Limoux Chardonnay 2012, Languedoc, France (£16.99 Averys)
Crisp, tangy pineapple, ripe apple and citrus fruit backed up by subtle oak, clean and refreshing, but maybe a bit too controlled? S-

Warwick Estate White Lady Chardonnay 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£17.49 Vagabond Wines, Handford Wines,
Relaxed, juicy and quite fleshy with peach and pear flavours and hints of oatmeal, an open-hearted and generous wine but still with some subtlety. S(-)

Marimar Estate Chardonnay La Masia 2010, Russian River Valley, California (£25
Lots of flavour here but the sweet ripe pineapple chunk fruit and buttery richness seem out of tune with modern tastes. B

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