It’s been a while since I opened a bottle of white wine, so I decided to try this 2008 Bourgogne Chardonnay that I bought a few weeks ago. According to a wine website a lot like this wine:
“This vintage is issued from a blending of the only grape Chardonnay from different Burgundian origins. It results, for 50 % of the Côte de Beaune, with vineyards located on the Villages of Meursault, Puligny and Chassagne. The second part arises from Maconnais (45 %) and a small part results from the Côte de Nuits (5 %). Soils are all argilo-limestones with a dominant of marl limestone for the Maconnais and the Côte de Nuits and a rather clayey marl for the Côte de Beaune. The vineyards are generally located at the bottom of hillsides with moderated slopes. Vineyards are on average 40 years old, in other words in full strength of the age!
The colour is golden pale with silvery tints. The wine is coming from an ageing shared between stainless tank and French oak barrel (15 % new oak), the nose is opened, expressive, intense, on at once fruity notes (vine peach, quince, grapefruit, lime) and woody notes (vanilla, fresh butter). In mouth, the attack is tonic, mineral, ending then in a pure and citrucy texture. We found weel the freshness of a Bourgogne Chardonay we are usually looking for, with a slight point of acidity which does not make it for all that aggressive. The final, still on this note of fresh peach, is long and persistent. A wine that we recommend to drink in the coming 2 years to benefit from its beautiful balance.”
I would agree that the smell is very intense and fruity. I do not get overwhelmed with oak like you would from a California Chardonnay. The wine is really smooth for being a crisp wine. It does refresh but it doesn’t hit you very hard with acid. This would be an interesting wine to contrast with a heavy oak Chardonnay as those are the Chardonnays that I usually frequent. According to Wine.com, it only cost $11.79 but is sold out and now only the 2009 in available for $18.29, which I feel is closer to what I paid.
Either way it is very worth the price and I would even go as to far to say this would be a great universal wine that I would serve as a white option if I had people over. I give this wine a solid A.