Vintages January 23, 2016 Release Part 2: six Chardonnays

Continuing one of my themes from the January 9th release, I’ve found another batch of worthy Chardonnays. I rated my top four picks at 90 points. These are the 2014 Chardonnay from Blue Mountain in BC, a 2014 Premier Cru Chablis from Château de Maligny Fourchaume, a very fine base-level Chablis, the 2014 Chablis from Domaine Chevallier, and an elegant Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley, the 2013 Martin Ray Chardonnay. My final two Chardonnays are also very good: the 2013 Nautilus Chardoonnay, and a fine value from Mâcon, the 2014 Mallory and Benjamin Talmard.



Vintages #350108 • $24.95 • 750ml. • WD Score 90/100
Despite the fact that Blue Mountain's spectacularly beautiful vineyards are located in the southern Okanagan, the winery has established itself as one of the region's premier producers of Burgundian varieties and sparkling wine. This Chardonnay is a good example. On the nose I found fresh aromas suggesting lemon juice, pears and apples, with vanilla and a light oaky toast. The wine is crisp with moderate alcohol, and a rich creamy texture frames the bright fruit flavours on the palate. The toasty notes and vanilla are nicely integrated, and the finish restates the freshness, and allows some delicate stony minerality to emerge. A very well-priced Okanagan Chardonnay.
Tasted jan 12, 2016 • ROGERS & COMPANY (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Review



Vintages #718288 • $39.95 • 750ml. • WD Score 90/100
Green apple and lemon notes are backed by a light toast and a suggestion of chalky stones. The wine is bone dry, with high acidity and just medium alcohol, with a slightly creamy-yoghurt palate, and a lengthy, chalky finish. This is a classically structured Premier Cru Chablis.
Tasted Jan 8, 2016 • ROGERS & COMPANY (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Review



Vintages #112227 • $23.95 • 750ml. • WD Score 90/100
The nose displays lemon-lime and green apple fruit, with an underlying seam of minerality. Very brisk acidity drives the palate, although there is some generosity and a slightly creamy texture that dampen the astringency. The fruit remains fresh on the palate, and a chalky minerality shines through into a satisfying finish. This is one of the most compelling base-level Chablis that I've had recently, and I highly recommend it. What a value!
Tasted Jan 8, 2016 • CARTO ENTERPRISE (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Review


MARTIN RAY CHARDONNAY 2013, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

Vintages #57067 • $28.95 • 750ml. • WD Score 90/100
This is a classy Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley. Its bright aromas of lemon, pear, yellow apple and light florality are backed by toast and vanilla notes. It is fully dry, with firm acidity, elevated alcohol and a pleasant, rich palate, where a yoghurt creaminess supports the well-integrated oaky notes. The generous fruit and warmth remain firm as they carry into the lengthy finish. All in all, a very good value.
Tasted jan 12, 2016 • ROGERS & COMPANY (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Review


NAUTILUS CHARDONNAY 2013, Marlborough, South Island

Vintages #331652 • $26.95 • 750ml. • WD Score 89/100
Toasty oak and vanilla are a little forward on the nose, but there is lots of bright lemon and yellow apple fruit as well. The wine is dry, with crisp acidity that balances a pleasant creaminess. The toasty notes diminish on the palate, allowing the crisp fruit to shine through, and an underlying stony minerality emerges on the long finish. Another year or two in bottle would bring everything into balance, but time in the glass does this as well.
Tasted jan 12, 2016 • B AND W WINES (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Review



Vintages #733956 • $16.95 • 750ml. • WD Score 88/100
This is a great value Chardonnay from the Mâcon. It is medium straw-yellow, with a nose that suggests simple lemon and apple fruit. It is dry, with bright acidity, balanced alcohol, and stays fresh and crisp on the palate. There is a little toasty note, probably from time on the lees, and has a brisk, lemony finish. Very pleasant and focused.
Tasted jan 12, 2016 • STEN O. KJELLBERG (Agent) • Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Review


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