NOVELLUM CHARDONNAY 2016

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France — Roussillon • $17.95 • WD Score 89/100

This lovely, understated wine has nuanced aromatics that grow in the glass, suggesting white flowers, perfumed red apples and lemon zest. If there’s wood, it’s very subtle, and suggests breadth from process rather than flavour. Bright acids underpin the fruit on the palate, that has a gentle leesy richness. Riper peach and grapefruit notes emerge without suggesting over-ripeness, as though there might be Chardonnay Musqué in the blend. (I know that the 2014 spent time on Viognier lees, but couldn’t confirm this for the 2016). Overall, a very satisfying wine: bright, fresh, yet with a subtle richness and breadth. • Tasted 2018-02-03 • LCBO id#390781 • Find it at your nearest LCBO • GLENCAIRN WINE MERCHANTS (Agent)

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