Wine Tasting Video: Chardonnays from Burgundy, Chile, California & New Zealand

Dominic Hentall Saint Véran 2010, Burgundy, France (£15.99 Naked Wines)
Good mix of zesty citrus freshness with a softer, rounded cooked apple character, plus a slightly dough-like character reminiscent of undercooked cake mix. B

Domain Parigot Meursault ‘Les Vireuils Dessous’ 2010, Burgundy, France (£32.99 The Perfect Cellar)
Lean and lovely, with precise, poised apple and lemon flavours combining with a salty spent match note and some toasty oak, and a light floral edge as well. Delicious now, but the way it improves in the glass suggests a promising future. S+

Louis Latour Château de Blagny Meursault Blagny 1er Cru 2009, Burgundy, France (£29.99 Majestic)
It feels like there are 2 wines here. I like the taut minerally tang of the lively fresh part, but there’s also fatter, more clumsy, cheesy edge. Watched this over three days, and this stand-off never resolved itself. B+

Hahn Chardonnay 2011, Monterey, California (£12.99-£13.99 Spirited Wines, Wine Rack, Waitrose)
Friendly but simple style, spoiled by the sort of crude vanilla sweetness that went out of fashion in the mid-1990s. C

De Martino 347 Chardonnay 2010, Limarí, Chile (£9.99 Virgin Wines)
Pleasant enough, crisp and fresh, with a green tang to the slightly jelly-like citrus flavours, but it’s just too simple for real class. B-

Greywacke Chardonnay 2010, Marlborough, New Zealand (£25.99 Carruthers & Kent, The Colchester Wine Company, Field & Fawcett, Great Horkesley Wine Centre, Harper Wells, Imbibros, Martinez Wines, Richard Granger Wines,, The Vineyard, The Vineking, Wined Up Here,, Aitken Wines)
Fine-boned style, quite rich with fleshy plum and rhubarb flavours combining with the appley citrus acidity, some spent match complexity and taut, savoury finish. Rich but sleek – I’d never have guessed it had 14.5% alcohol. S(+)

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