What did you have yesterday? Yes. The International Chardonnay Day, celebrated annually on the Thursday before the US Memorial Day thanks to the creator Rick Bakas. We just echoed it from Hong Kong!
Being the No.5 most widely planted wine grape in the world, Chardonnay is made in a wide range of styles from lean, sparkling Blanc de Blancs, through unoaked light and zesty seafood-friendly white wines to rich, creamy white wines aged in oak.
See what we got here, six in a row, each expressing the respective terroir and the winemaker's philosophy! Hurrah!!
Dom William Fèvre, Les Preuses 2005 Chablis Grand Cru
Precise, determined citrus beam along with the classic Chablis oyster shell-like mineral core. Vivacious citrus fruit mingling with tangy acid and chalky finish. Very judicial use of oak adding some subtle cedary notes and texture.
Dom Jean-Marc Pillot, Les Baudines Premier Cru 2015 Chassagne-Montrachet
Floral notes on the nose. Very bright and intense pomelo fruit. Not massive but very well constructed and well balanced. Montrachet core with more finesse and fragrance.
Benjamin Leroux, Abbaye de Morgeot Premier Cru 2011 Chassagne-Montrachet
Great fruit definition - smooth, succulent apple fruit and a touch of toffee to round the palate out. Yeasty and toasty but fresh and long.
Dom Bonneau du Martray, Grand Cru 2002 Corton-Charlemagne
Deep flavoured. Very ripe fruit delivering a rich and round mouthfeel. The bottle ageing giving rise to some interesting developments - apple skin and almond on the finish.
Kistler, Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2013 Sonoma Coast
Ripe peach and apricot, with some cheering sweetness and floral notes. Full-bodied, muscular with good weight. Just a little warming in the end.