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From a true American wine icon– the late, great Jim Clendenen. The Chardonnays he makes out of Santa Barbara are particularly special, with Chuck Wagner of Caymus fame, once declaring, “Jim Clendenen is the reason I came down [South] to make Chardonnay.” Au Bon Climat for decades now has produced some of the best Burgundian expressions in Southern California, with beautifully aromatic, clean Chardonnay that’s not over-extracted like much of Napa. It’s made with oak but minimal new oak allowing for a true wine driven Chard with a creamy middle palate consisting of lemon pudding, citrus and a hint of vanilla. The finish is high-toned and bright and continues to linger for a few precious seconds.
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The brand new Clos Julien Chard is a great example of California coastal Chardonnay, zippy-fresh and long on the palate. This one comes bristling with energy right out of the gates. It’s a flawlessly crafted single-vineyard Chardonnay– as bright and refreshing as you could want, it hits with clean, pristine green apple fruits, pears and citrus notes with great minerality and a lingering, bright finish. It’s a fantastic wine for summer, pairs great with those summer tomatoes, corn and freshly caught fish.
This is an absolutely phenomenal white Burgundy from Denis, Martial and Gaetane. The Sous la Velle comes from the family vineyards located in the village of Meursault, but just outside the limits of the AOC. That’s good for us considering what’s in the bottle. A sophisticated White Burg made from 35 year old vines on marl and limestone, the perfect stage for a well-chiseled Chardonnay with a round mouthfeel, a creamy middle and plenty of depth. This should be three times the price.
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!
This is seriously good, proper Chablis grown on precious Kimmeridgian soil facing Les Blanchots, west of Montée de Tonnerre. Given what’s in the bottle, it’s offered at a shockingly good price. It’s textbook Chablis and unveils itself very slowly in the glass. One of those rare wines that’s different with almost every passing sip – especially as it warms a bit. Consequently, there’s a myriad of flavors that dart to and fro: pineapple, grapefruit, fresh mint, wildflower, wet stone, apple…all delightful and with that famous Chablis cut.
Jean-Claude Janin’s Domaine des Terres de Chatenay estate has 7 hectares of naturally farmed, old Chardonnay vines rooted in some of the most mineral soil of Burgundy. The resulting wines are electric renditions of white Burgundy, with high-toned, floral aromatics, a deep concentration of green apple and pear fruit and a laser-like finish that is stony, a touch saline and a mile long.
92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
The newly released 2019 Domaine Laroche Chablis Saint Martin is a knockout, even better than the fantastic 2018 we offered last year. This year it comes armed with a 92 points– fitting for a terrific white Burgundy with a killer nose of citrus rind, quince and thyme that opens up to a dense, packed mid-palate of crunchy fruit. The finish is classic Chablis, chalky and minerally and incredibly smooth. The lengthy acidity is what makes it so versatile at the table and provides structure for great aging potential.
The 2016 vintage in Napa was nearly perfect for winemaker Kian Tavakoli (Opus One, Clos du Val). With ideal weather all throughout harvest, he crafted the Faustini Money Road Chardonnay off the famous vineyard located in the coveted Oakville AVA. The picturesque vineyard off Oakville Crossroad is platinum rated, known for its ideal combination of soil & climate and the big A list names that routinely source fruit. Kian’s Money Road Chard is still youthful despite having a few years of age, probably as a result of its 18 months of slumber in 1/4 new Oak.
95 Points, James Suckling
The legend of Burgundy & President of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Conti, Aubert de Villaine partners with his cousin, Larry Hyde “The King of Carneros“. Both are masters of the Burgundian varieties with a literal trail of 90+ scores in their wake and countless appearances on top 100 lists. But together – they’re even more unstoppable. Hyde Vineyard may be the best vineyard in the US for high-end Chardonnay. Every year a few wines with the ‘Hyde Vineyard’ tag are designated in Top 10 lists across every publication. The ‘Debut’ Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay is a treat. Asian pear, Candied apple, and lemon pudding that finishes with a drop of citrus and white peach. It’s beautifully built, refreshing and vibrant.
What would a Chardonnay collection be without something special from the master of Chardonnay, Steve Kistler? I was able to get five cases offered at our lowest price. Les Noisetiers surrounds the Kistler winery on the Sonoma Coast. Steve’s 2019 is bristling with energy juicy fruit and a mouthwatering mineral backbone. It is delicious wine, with lemon, honeysuckle and stone fruit aromatics leading to a full bodied, juicy core, loaded with flavors of peach, apricots, pineapple and pear.
Following the super quick sell out of the remaining 2018 vintage, we’re onto a new vintage and to a Chardonnay that is so noticeably fresh and bright. An inviting nose opens with fresh citrus and lemon notes. So juicy and well-balanced- it’s classic Caymus, rich and hedonistic with a wonderful creaminess. The first of the 2019 vintage is here and it is a doozy. Don’t wait too long to get your hands on these. We know they go quickly!
95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
A big 95-point score accompanies this beauty from Adam Tolmach that might go down as one of his best ever. Asian pear flavor, mixed with green apple, fresh apricot, Meyers lemon and a hint of vanilla hit all the right notes. It’s got tremendous balance and weight, with a depth of tangy citrus flavors and a wonderful streak of minerality. Chardonnay lovers will note the lemon pudding creaminess in the middle that gives its roundness. Once again, this extraordinary winemaker’s full range of talents are on display.