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Wine Tasting Video: Chardonnays from Burgundy, the Languedoc & Chile March 19, 2012 at 10:14 am

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Paul Mas Chardonnay 2010, Pays d’Oc, France (£8.49 Majestic)
Clean, ripe but restrained style with apple and citrus notes and weightier peachy pineapple flavours enhanced by hazelnut and cashew nuttiness and a touch of vanilla. B

Louis Jadot Marsannay Blanc 2008, Burgundy, France (£16.75 Rhythm & Booze, Slurp, Islington Wines, Well Wines Ltd, Bacchus et al, Booze Bargains, Matthew Clark)
Classy and poised, yet still rounded and mouthfilling, with slightly cooked apple and pineapple flesh in balance with the minerality and tangy acidity, and with nutty toasty complexity adding further pleasure. S

Domaine Menand ‘Provinage’ Mercurey Blanc 2007, Burgundy, France (₤16.50 Symposium Wines)
A fuller, fatter wine, has some reasonable mealy, bready notes, but the pineapple chunk fruit is a just a little too rich for true class, and I’d like a fresher finish.  B(+)

Michel Picard Pouilly-Fuissé 2008, Burgundy, France (₤18.60 Symposium Wines)
Just too rich and generous for its own good, veering towards California in style, with plump peach and pineapple flavours and rather obvious toasty oak. B

Errázuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2009, Casablanca, Chile (£11.50 Majestic, Co-operative, Wimbledon Wine Cellar, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Matthew Clark, wine-studio.co.uk)
Impressive wine, rich but also sleek, honeyed and nutty, with a creamy oak edge, but also has taut citrus and green apple flavour and a seam of acidity to keep it fresh. S-

Dona Dominga Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2010, Colchagua, Chile (£12.99 Tesco)
Smells initially as if it’s going to be quite tight and citrussy, but then mealy notes, toasty oak and quite plump tropical fruit flavours come through. B(+)

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