Canada — Ontario • $22.20 • 90/100

This is Thomas Bachelder’s entry level Niagara Chardonnay, and the wine lives up to its name. There is a stony, chalky presence on the nose — I won’t say an absence of fruit, because there are delicate notes of lemon, apples and white flowers, and even a light cedary resin — but the fruit isn’t the first thing you notice. The wine is dry, with lively acidity and moderate alcohol, well-balanced, simple, direct and linear. And yes, the finish has a lingering lemony, stony and salty character. Mineralité indeed, and a terrific buy either at the SAQ or through the agent • Tasted 2017-03-06 • LCBO id#0 • Find it at your nearest LCBOLIFFORD WINE & SPIRITS (Agent)

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