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A complex and highly nuanced nose features notes of spiced pear, apple and white flowers, all of which is trimmed in soft oak. The rich, full and powerful big-bodied flavors brim with an abundance of dry extract that imparts a seductive texture to the mid-palate as well as buffers the firm acidity on the powerful finish. While this will certainly be capable of rewarding mid-term cellaring it is already accessible.
93 Points - Burghound
Producer: Maison Alex Gambal
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Its adaptability to different soils and climates, and malleability in the wine room make Chardonnay one of the most popular and ubiquitous grapes. Responsible for some of the world’s most thrilling white wines wines including Champagne, it is in its homeland of Burgundy with villages such as Chablis, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet that producers craft arguably some of the world’s finest wines. Chardonnay is also synonymous with California, where it can display riper, tropical fruit flavors, rather than the more restrained stone fruit and steely, mineral qualities often associated with its Old World and cool climate counterparts. While there are terrific fresh and vibrant Chardonnays made solely using stainless steel, the grape also knits terrifically well with oak, lending greater depth and weight in the form of a nutty, toasty and somtimes buttery component.
A country viewed by many as the home of fine wine, it is almost unique in terms of how embedded food and wine is in the nations culture. Given the diverse geography, with so much of the country providing the climate and soil suitable for viticulture, it is no surprise that its produces such an extensive and varied selection of wines. It is the country from where the vast majority of the New World's most popular "international" grapes and stylistic influences originate. While there might seem to be an alarming disparity between the most sought after wines (were a case might set you back as much as a deposit on a small house) and the millions of gallons of vin de table filling up the European wine lake every year, there is so much great value to be found between the two extremes. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and the Rhone may still dominate the market for fine wine, but regions including the Loire, Alsace, Languedoc & Roussillon and the South West are increasingly becoming excellent sources of good quality, affordable wines.
Two hundred miles south east of Paris lies the famous and historic wine region, known in French as Bourgogne. The Cote d'Or, the heartland of the region, consists of two distinct sub-regions split on either side of the town of Beaune.The Côte de Nuits to the north, includes the famous villages of Vosne-Romanee, Gevrey-Chambertin, and Nuits-Saint-Georges and are known primarily for making red wine from Pinot Noir.Although The Côte de Beaune to the south still makes some magnificent reds (see Volnay and Pommard), white wine made from Chardonnay is the main focus. The most famous villages are Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. Burgundy has three other important regions. The village of Chablis (exclusively Chardonnay) encompassing the region's most northerly vineyards. The Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais to south are quantitatively speaking more important. Agriculture is more diverse with a significant portion of the land devoted to livestock and arable farming.
Sub-Region: Montrachet, Chevalier, and Batard Montrachet
In descending order, these vineyards represent Chardonnay at its finest. The villages of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet maintain five of Burgundy's six grand cru vineyards. Montrachet and Batard-Montrachet are shared between them while Chevalier is wholly within Puligny. The other two smaller, and rarely seen climats, include Bienvenues-Batard on the Puligny side and and Criots-Batard on the Chassagne side. Slowest to mature, Le Montrachet is unanimously viewed to be the best of the best, the most sublime and perfect, with a power and concentration unrivaled by any other terroir. Facing north from Le Montrachet, Chevalier lies directly to the left on a thin layer of stony soil. Given this, the wines are a slight notch down in intensity, however they still maintain terrific elegance and grip. Batard, on the other side offers richer wine with more exotic, honeyed fruit.
White wine is a wine whose color can be pale-yellow, yellow-green, and yellow-gold colored. The wine is produced from a variety of grape varieties. The flavor and color comes from the juice of the grape and sometimes the skin of the grape as well. Interestingly, not all white wine comes from white grapes. Some select red grapes are used as in Champagne.