Blind Spot Chardonnay 2016, Yarra Valley, Australia (£9.50 The Wine Society) Restrained, refined style, slowly uncurls to reveal delicate pear, nectarine and melon fruit, a nutty cashew edge and a precise stony citrus finish. Lovely texture too, excellent value. S- Louis Latour Mâcon-Lugny Les Genièvres 2015, Burgundy, France (£13.99 FL […]

Two Chardonnays from Australia & France

…including some biggish names that weren’t quite as good as I’d have hoped… Clotilde Davenne Bourgogne Blanc 2014, France (was £10.95 From Vineyards Direct) From vineyards close to Chablis, so the pert, minerally character and mix of crispness and creaminess come as no surprise. Lovely balanced style, excellent value, the […]

Four Chardonnays from four countries

William Fèvre Petit Chablis 2014, Burgundy, France (£16.60 Wine Importers, Hailsham Cellars, Bubbles and Wine, The Wine Shop, John Hattersley Wines) Forget the Petit bit, this is fresh, vibrant wine with a light nectarine note alongside the floral citrus flavours and a crisp mineral note on the finish. Good for […]

Chardonnays from France & Chile

Guigal Gigondas 2011, Rhône, France (£24.26 Chordale Wine Merchants, Bubbles And Wine Ltd, Roberts and Speight Ltd, Portland Wine Company, Fenwick Ltd, R Campbell & Sons Ltd, Clifton Cellars, Hailsham Cellars, Liquorice) Dumb initially, this opens up over the course of a couple of hours to reveal its core of […]

Assorted reds from France, South Africa & Portugal

Not sure about this one… Clotilde Davenne Saint-Bris 2014, Burgundy, France (£12.95 From Vineyards Direct) There’s the zesty herb and citrus edge of Sauvignon and there’s the creamier lees-y notes but taut finish of Chablis, with some flinty tautness thrown in for good measure. However, are these flavours making beautiful […]

Clotilde Davenne Saint-Bris 2014, Burgundy, France

I didn’t taste these side by side, but I’ve ended up giving them all similar marks – would happily drink them all, but none had me jumping out of my seat and shouting ‘Whoopee!’ Vergelegen Premium Chardonnay 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£12.49 Majestic, Roberts and Speight, Stewart Wines, Liquid Treasure, Noble Green […]

Chardonnays from France, South Africa & USA