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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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92 Points, James Suckling – 91 Points, Wine Spectator
“Rich and fruit-filled, with well-focused apple pastry, peach, quince, and tangerine flavors that lengthen out with the buttery richness of the mid-palate. The spicy finish features toasty notes. Drink now through 2023.”
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 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!
Glistening pale yellow-green to the rim, infused with mouth-watering aromas of ripe apple, pear and quince, and crushed almonds with honey and rich creamy middle and a fantastic rush of acidity and minerality that are present throughout. A calling card of Bonhomme’s Vire-Clesse, if you closed your eyes and took a sip, it would have you convinced you were drinking Meursault at least a 3x price tag. This is the White Burgundy to pair with Thanksgiving.
It’s no wonder this is a hot ticket amongst some of NYC’s best restaurants; this is a killer wine. The 2020 Petit Chablis has an attractive nose of citrus rind, white flowers, and wet stone. In the palate, the wine is racy and mineral with just a touch of salinity. The hallmark of the great 2020s will be tension and length and Sébastien’s little wine has both in spades. Incredible acidic cut will make this fantastic at the table and a great candidate for short term aging.
For year, I’ve been delighted by the White Burgundies at Domaine Corsin. There’s really good reason for that. The Corsin’s holdings in Pouilly-Fuissé include many of the best situated sites in the appellation. This wine comes from a selection of older vines grown in these limestone soils. The 2018 Corsin Domain’s Pouilly-Fuissé ‘Vieilles Vignes’ displays a bright golden hue with a hint of green. Its subtle bouquet with a woody-vanilla note enhances the slightly sharp, sophisticated fullness on the palate mingled with a generous underlying impression of toasted bread.
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.
A large glass is necessary to capture the brilliant aromatics of Talmard’s 2020 Macon Uchizy. Aromas of ripe Meyer lemon, peach, honey and mint just blast from the glass upon pouring. The wine takes on weight with aeration, developing flavors of crisp green apple, juicy peach and lemon custard. The finish is long and fresh, so good with food. Roast some salmon, make sweet corn risotto, use it as an aperitif, it’s a great choice for a spring/summer-house white wine.
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.