In my obsession with a “Year In Burgundy,” I also wanted to try one of their famous Chardonnay bottles of wine. I was shocked just thinking about the fact that when thinking about my relationship with Chardonnay has gone throughout the years and how I had not tried very many Chardonnay bottles from Burgundy. First, it was California oak and I stopped drinking Chardonnay and then it was Virginia limited or no oak that got me back into it.
I wanted to know how France would fair now that I have a new appreciation for Chardonnay. Today’s selection is the 2010 Henri De Villamont Bourgogne Chardonnay from Burgundy, France. The only tasting notes that I could find was from a website called Vino. Here are their tasting notes:
This typical regional Burgundy wine is produced with 100% Chardonnay in the birthplace of the varietal. It has been aged in small casks for six months before bottling. The aromas are of fresh exotic fruit (pineapple, mango, grapefruit). It is medium-bodied, with a fresh, crisp apple-like character. It will compliment fish, white meat, and lighter pasta dishes.
So what did I think?
Color – Bright golden yellow.
Nose – Apple, vanilla, and pear.
Taste – Apple, pear and limestone.
Finish – Crisp with a hint of butter and very high acid.
Overall, this wine has those great apple and pear flavors you expect from a Chardonnay along with some great body with just a hint of butter. The acid is the only thing that keeps this good wine from being a great wine, it is a little to high. I think it takes away some of the possible complexity of flavors by cutting through so sharply.