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The 2019 Clos Julien is a classic example of California coastal Chardonnay, zippy-fresh and long on the palate. It starts out with a great nose of Granny Smith apple, citrus rind and acacia. In the mouth, the fruit is pure, with plenty of extract and the finish is clean and crisp. This Pacific-influenced wine is the perfect house white, delicious by itself as an aperitif but a fantastic foil to the cuisine of summer, scallops, grilled poultry, and summer corn.
91 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
Ramey’s 2016 Davis Bynum Russian River Valley Chardonnay (tasted last week) is nothing short of delicious. Carved off the sandy silt soils of River West vineyard, and guided along by a true winemaking expert in David Ramey, it offers a harmonious mix of lively citrus fruit and the vanilla creaminess brought on by the barrels of Hungarian Oak.
This champagne is so good, it’s often a staple on the wine lists of Michelin two and three star restaurants. It offers elegant aromatics, pristine fruit and the crisp, mineral finish that screams for food. We loved it so much, we asked Jacques Diebolt to bottle a special cuveé for the restaurant– and he happily agreed!
The 2018 Domaine André Bonhomme Viré-Clessé crafted by André’s grandson, Aurelien Palthey, is nothing short of brilliant. Glistening pale yellow-green and infused with mouth-watering aromas of ripe apple, pear and quince, tinged with anise and bitter honey. Full-bodied and rich in the mid-palate, yet still wonderfully light on its feet, finishing with textbook Meursaultien cut and vibrancy.
Here we are – our most anticipated Chardonnay year in and year out – at the best price since we offered the 2015! It is an unadulterated version of Chardonnay, filled with mineral-laced green-apple/Asian pear aromas and flavors. Bracing acidity provides a super long finish and wonderful food-friendliness. Get it while it lasts!
I understand how daunting it can be each year to get Leflaive into your collection. But, even in its infancy, the 2018 vintage promises to bring something special. It already has Wine Spectator calling it, “an ideal vintage at Domaine Leflaive” and after tasting through the wines last week– I’m amazed.
The Mâcon-Verzé is a stunner and an incredible value. Drawn from nine special plots, and utilizing a combination of steel, cement and oak fermentation that leads to a wide array of flavor profiles. Fresh Granny Smith Apple set against a persistent minerality, refreshing with hints of Meyer Lemon.
Of course, it’s got incredible length and precision and at the price today, is as good a bargain as exists at Domaine Leflaive. If you’re starting or expanding your cellar, this is an impeccable place to begin.
Founded in 1717, and long considered to be one of if not the best white wine domaine in all of Burgundy, the wines at Domaine Leflaive seem to keep getting better. In the phenomenal 2018 vintage, I couldn’t wait to taste through this collection this past week. Like always, the quality didn’t disappoint. The reputation of these wines is on full display in what is one of the best vintages in the last quarter century..
In tasting the 2018 Puligny-Montrachet, I was blown away by the burst of peach, Meyer lemon and citrus flavors and the incredible depth and weight to the wine. The attack gave way to more nuanced passion fruit and lemon curd. It’s got perfect balance to it and is so clean and woven wonderfully tight.
With such tremendous acidity behind it, this will age beautifully though it’s surprisingly hard to resist now.
97 Points, James Suckling
From the most famous winery in Aregentina (Nicolas Catena) and winemaker, Alejandro Vigil comes this, his own side project in the east of Mendoza with the help of Nicolas Catena’s daughter. The wine produced from this Bodega, has been nothing short of fantastic, every year since inception. This year, the just-released 2018 vintage has already received a 97 points from James Suckling who called this a “rock-star chardonnay.” With ample aromatics and a sophisticated full bodied approach, there is no argument from me. This is outstanding.
94 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
Erin Nuccio, the former apprentice for Russ Raney at Evesham Wood has created quite the buzz in the Eola Amity AVA in Oregon with his winery Haden Fig. It’s there where he expresses himself more, experiments more with native yeast and pushes his winemaking boundaries to new heights. Erin’s 2018 is one of the end products of these new heights. This wine is an absolute bombshell, sourced from some of the best vineyard sites in Oregon.
Unlike some of the high flying price tags of his neighbors, Bruce Neyers’ 40-years of retail experience has always led him to keep his prices low – the $30 price tag is a steal for a Chardonnay of this caliber. But today’s price is just flat out irresistible for Chablis-style Sonoma Chardonnay– for under $25 on bottle one. Stock up.
94 Points, Antonio Galloni- Vinous
“The 2018 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard is such a classic wine from this site. Nuanced, translucent and yet so full of flavor, the 2018 dazzles from start to finish. There is a level of detail and nuance to the 2018 that is just remarkable. Scents of tangerine oil, mint, dried flowers and apricot envelop the palate as this gracious, alluring Chardonnay gradually opens in the glass. The 2018 has a bit more new oak than has been the case in the recent past. I love the precision here. In a word: sublime.” – Antonio Galloni