Category Archives: chardonnay

Penfolds Bin 144 Yattarna 1999

Penfolds, Chardonnay, Bin 144 (released 2002), Yattarna, South Australia, 1999 This wine: bottle no. 19011, varietal chardonnay, coated natural cork closure showing softness in the bottom 2mm, otherwise sound, 13% abv, Tasting Room, £53 (09/17) Consumer tasting note: a nose … Continue reading

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Les Silex Chablis 2005

Jacques Bourguignon (negociant-eleveur), Les Silex, AOC Chablis, Yonne, Burgundy, France, 2005 The Chablis appellation See here for some comments on the appellation and its structure. This wine: varietal chardonnay, coated natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, Vintage Wines, bin end £10 … Continue reading

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Pizzini Franciacorta NV

Barone Pizzini, Animante, DOCG Franciacorta, Lombardy, Italy, NV Franciacorta See my notes covering Franciacorta.  In brief, the minimum ageing period before release, for NV, is 25 months after harvest, comprising at least 18 months on the lees, and at least 7 … Continue reading

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Pio Cesare Piodilei Langhe 2011

Pio Cesare, Chardonnay, Piodilei, DOC Langhe, Piemonte, Italy, 2011 About Langhe DOC The Langhe DOC requires a wine labelled as chardonnay, to be based upon at least 85% chardonnay grapes. This wine: varietal chardonnay, barrel fermented, then aged on the … Continue reading

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Bluebell Hindleap BdB 2008

Bluebell Vineyard Estates, Hindleap, Brut, Late Disgorged Blanc de Blanc, Quality Sparkling Wine, England, 2008 This wine: varietal chardonnay, bottled 06/2009, disgorged 08/2015, minimum time on the lees of 74 months, natural mushroom cork closure, 11.5% abv, ex-producer, ~£35 (05/16) … Continue reading

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Vignes de L’Arque Amelie 2014

Les Vignes de l’Arque, Cuvee Amelie, IGP Pays d’Oc, Gard, France, 2014 This wine: a chardonnay dominated blend, with 15% roussanne and 5% sauvignon blanc; chardonnay and roussanne fermented then aged in oak for a few months, the sauvignon blanc … Continue reading

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Dom. de L’Hortus GC Blanc 2015

Domaine de l’Hortus, Grande Cuvee, IGP Val de Montferrand, Pic-Saint-Loup, Herault, France, 2015 The nomenclature of the Pic-Saint-Loup appellation changed in 2007 to AOC/AOP Languedoc Pic-Saint-Loup. There is a long-standing application for AOC/AOP Pic Saint Loup. It lies about 18kms to the … Continue reading

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