Margaret River has established an international reputation for exceptional Chardonnay. The Cape Mentelle style draws inspiration from traditional methods to deliver a wine displaying aromatic complexity and a finely textured palate with a long, clean finish.
This youthful wine is powerful, robust and complex displaying ripe pineapple, poached apple, frangipane and fresh cream aromas, with a honeyed richness highlighted by oak notes of fresh cedar and toasted hazelnuts. As the wine opens up, hints of vanilla bean, wet pebble, stone fruit and buttered popcorn emanate beautifully.
The palate is smothered with round ripe flavours of Fuji apple, dried mango, and wild rice pudding that is both creamy and unctuous. A complex array of fresh cashew, lemon peel, raw macadamia and nectarine notes flesh out this texturally expansive wine to complete this captivating expression of Margaret River chardonnay. Definitely a glorious full bodied wine!
Whilst this wine presents beautifully now it has the potential to age up to 15 years. The distributor of this brand is no longer importing into New Zealand so this will be your last bite of the cherry!
Striking a perfect balance between youthfulness and maturity, seduction and character, freshness and vinosity, Brut Premier is a champagne that is harmonious and structured, elegant and lively, with a unique exuberancy. Its structured texture, richness, and length are distinctly winey. It is a full, complex wine that is both rich and powerful, whilst remaining a great classic.
One of the quintessential signature wines from Vincent Prunier. Made from 100% Chardonnay, the wine exhibits typical terroir from Burgundy, medium to full bodied, creamy and soft with a touch of pure white cream yet an addition of mineral notes and just a touch of oak.
Sumptuous Chardonnay that is drinking beautifully now or over the next 3-4 years.
Slightly oaked Chardonnay from Gisborne with hints of lime, peach and ripe mandarin with lovely acidity and surprisingly complex. Beautifully drinking now and over the next couple of years and ideal with fish and white meats.
The fruit for this wine was grown in two vineyards in the Bridge Pa and Crownthorpe sub regions. A combination of Mendoza and Clone 15 provide differing flavour profiles, which helps to increase the complexity of the finished wine. These mature vines are cropped at low yield levels to give intensely flavoured grapes. This is a well-balanced wine showing ripe nectarine and summer fruit characters, with a creamy palate accented by elements of toasty oak on the finish. Try it with your favourite fish or poultry dish.
A very low yielding, non-irrigated vineyard cropped at less than 3 tonnes per acre. The wine is golden green colour with a bouquet of Brioche, Marzipan and toffee. The palate is long and concentrated with a barrage of minerals, dry fruit and almonds, a high degree of acidity, good extraction and extended lees aging. The wine is an example of balance and equilibrium, full bodied with a persistent and pure finish. Will cellar for 3-5 years plus.
This beautiful white Burgundy is mineral and full bodied with hints of brioche, pure white cream and just beautifully balanced. It’s not an exaggeration that once you try this it will almost remind you of a junior Puligny Montrachet. We think that this is probably his best effort up to date! Will keep for 4-5 years.
Sylvain has a family estate of 37 acres of Chardonnay planted in a soil of clay, limestone and chalk, this is the old vines which is absolutely outstanding. It epitomises what real good Chablis should be. It is firm, lean, aromatic and complex with wonderful clean acidity showing outstanding minerality, freshness, purity and depth. Drink now or cellar for 3 to 5 years.
A relatively small vineyard quite elevated with an average vine age of 40 years and low yielding. This is a complete terroir expression of Chablis, nerve, vibrancy with racy mouth-watering acidity but yet with very good fruit weight and composure. 2018 provided another superb vintage from Chablis, low yields and a smaller production compared to other bigger vintages however we think it’s even better. More mineral, fuller body, in essence, a truer expression of Chablis. Cellar from 4 to 6 years.
Classical Chablis this one, dry, mineral, crisp and bursting with freshness, clarity of fruit and medium body but always in balance, not austere or over-done. Laffay is one of those producers that stays the course, his approach is very much hands off when it comes to winemaking he prefers the vineyard to do the talking and this is very much reflected in the wine. It will evolve over the next 4 years or so as it is a little young at present but it will be worth waiting for.
One of the small growers that has sustained the traditions and classical style of Chablis. A superb offering of riverbed pebbles, chalk, dry stone, superb minerality yet displaying incredible freshness, focus and flintiness. One of the great characteristics of Chablis is that it is able to offer full bodied wines with length, concentration and depth without having to result to any oak or oak aging. Enjoy now or over the next 2-3 years. Ideal with white meats, fish and shell fish.
Didier Fornerol has thrust forward with wines that are simply excellent and great value for money, especially when it comes to Burgundy. The 2017 Cotes de Nuits Villages white captures this vintage perfectly, medium to full bodied with lovely acidity, depth and definition. At its price, it is excellent white Burgundy, clean, precise and pure. Drink now or over the next 2-3 years.
“An intriguing almost sensual bouquet of Chardonnay. Aromas of red apple and sweet peach tea, lees spices and white flowers, flint and chalk-like minerality, and a light dusting of fragrant baking spices.
Very sophisticated and quite pure on the palate - dry, complex, even and lengthy. A precise palate weight with a youthful acid line, extremely fine wood tannins and fine lees texture.
Flavours of white and yellow orchard fruits, wood spices, and fine stone minerality.
A delicious example, modern, youthful, complex and intriguing. Lots to like. Drink now through 2026”
95 Points — Cameron Douglas— NZ
“The 2016 Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru has opened wonderfully since I tasted it in bottle: citrus lemon, Vervane tea, dill, ginger and yellow plum aromas bursting from the glass, an underlying spiciness developing in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with a spicy opening, lemongrass and touches of ginger, very open and generous with dried honey, curry leaf and a touch of ginger towards the feisty finish. Excellent.” -- 93 pts Vinous (Neal Martin)
“The 2016 Chablis Vaulorent 1er Cru has a really lovely bouquet with dried pineapple, musk, chalk dust and yellow flower aromas. The palate is well balanced with a smooth entry, nicely pitched acidity with a gorgeous yellow plum, orange rind and light strawberry finish that lingers in the mouth. Excellent.” -- 93 pts Vinous (Neal Martin)
“There is good Chablis typicity to the ripe pear and apple scents and it continues on the rich and vibrant flavors that possess an inner mouth perfume that is also based on apple, all wrapped in a lightly mineral-inflected finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. This is a quality effort in the context of the genre.” -- 87-89 Burghound
“A richly fleshy, concentrated style with aromas of fresh peaches and green mangoes, leading to a palate that has a very attractive, ripe and juicy core of peach and green-mango flavors. Smooth, powerful and seamless. Drink now. Screw cap.” 93/100 – James Suckling
Even though this appellation is mostly known for the production of red wine, Simon Bize also owns small parcels producing outstanding white wines made from 100% Chardonnay. This particular one is from an elevated enclave which is non irrigated and extremely low cropping. Minimal handling and interference with the wine has always been the philosophy of Simon Bize. Wild yeast ferment follows pressing of the wine with minimal intervention to produce a wonderful expression of its terroir, a bouquet of baked Brioche, dry nuts following with a clean and high acidity on the palate that emphasizes structure and concentration yet very lean and elegant interlinked with minerals and stone dust, great purity and expression. Will cellar for 5 years plus.
"The 2018 Morey-Saint-Denis Blanc is missing a little tension on the nose compared to previous vintages I have tasted from Dujac. That said, it does improve with aeration and evolves attractive floral scents. The palate is balanced, but again, it lacks tension on the finish. It’s the kind of white you want to give a kick up the arse. 2020-2025" (84-86) - Neal Martin
The grapes are picked in vineyards belonging to the village of Ruppertsberg with their soils of red and yellow sandstone. Spontaneously fermented in Burgundian Pièces and 500 litre barrels. An aroma of lemon skins with a hint of flint and white elderberry flowers. A clear and distinctive acidity with roasted nut overtones ensures a long finish. The texture is fine and yet creamy, with elegant acidity and remarkable structure. Bottled without filtration or the use of pumps.
“The 2019 vintage was exceptional and has produced sensational Chardonnay across the board. The single-vineyard Coddington wine is strongly coloured and richly ripe in the yellow peach and apricot spectrum, with a background of toasted oak and caramelised hazelnut. It is the biggest style in our range, and satisfyingly rich as such, but also nicely balanced with its acidity.”
“The 2019 vintage was exceptional and produced sensational Chardonnay across all vineyards. Hunting Hill is very distinctive in its terroir typicity, with piercing lemon/lime fruit lift and florality on the nose, richness and volume in the mouth followed by lingering acidity and minerality on the finish. This is an absolute classic example of how great the Chardonnay grape can be: A beautifully powerful, yet elegant and complex wine with long term aging ability.”
Well, what can we say about Meursault… Vincent Prunier, established in 1988, started with 2 hectares inherited from his parents in the commune of Meursault.
He has come a long way since then now owning over 22 hectares across the best communes in Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. Full bodied and structured with enormous middle palate that exhibits roasted almonds burnt butter and a touch of Foie gras.
Stunning Meursault that requires about 5 years plus to be at its best.
A new arrival from the excellent producer Didier Fornerol, even though it’s just his Bourgogne Blanc, the wine over delivers in every aspect. Medium to full body with aromas of ripe peach, mineral notes and roasted almonds. It carries the signature of Fornerol, balanced, poised and concentrated. It is a beautiful white Burgundy that is just drinking perfectly now or over the next 3-4 years.
"In our eyes it is what one can expect from a classic style of chardonnay; delicious, luscious. The wine is laced with soft tones of oak with almond meal, freshly baked croissant skin and pistachio nuts showing through. The complexity of the individual aromatics are subtle, but rather overwhelming as a whole. It is cloaked with spices like coriander, cumin and caraway seeds, then fennel, nougat and cinnamon quill.
The palate is seamless and focussed. This is mainly resulting from a solid backbone of soft acidity coated with a creamy, velvety texture. Hints of popcorn and oak are quickly muted with an array of classic chardonnay flavours and a light buoyancy. It ticks all the boxes for us and the subtle style we would like to produce.
The drinking recommendation would be in the next five years, but feel confident to cellar up to ten years."
A brilliant white-gold in the glass, Elston Chardonnay ’19 has the immediate aroma of fresh golden nectarines, passionfruit and grilled pineapple. Lush, ripe acid drives the wine's length and balance, bringing the mouthfeel from ripe sweet lemon and white peach, to crème brûlée, roasted cashew, popcorn, to mineral tones and flint. As complex fruit becomes savoury in the long finish, the liveliness of Elston Chardonnay ’19 gives way to elegance. This is an Elston for the ages.
This is one of those super deals that do not come round that often but when they do, you should take it! Selected from old vines, this Chardonnay delivers an array of butterscotch, freshly baked bread but yet maintaining a lovely freshness and fruit flavours. Frankly you would expect to pay close to the $20 mark for a Chardonnay of this quality. It is ideal with white meats or fish, drinking very well now but will also keep for a year or two. Excellent value at $13.95.
A completely new Rosé from Champagne Bollinger. The creation of this non-vintage rosé has been long in the making and a dream of the House for over six years. This wine has evolved not as a curiosity, but as with all of the Bollinger cuvées, as a careful assembly of the very finest ingredients by their talented, passionate team. In the meticulous House style, Bollinger Rosé is modelled on the Special Cuvée blend, combining the fruits of previous harvests plus the addition of reserve wines from their cellars in Ay. The final component, which provides colour and delicate aromas of ripe red fruits, is a proportion of still red wine coming exclusively from Bollinger's Grand Cru Vineyards in the Cote d'Ay and Verzenay.
Most of you will know that in terms of value for money, this is as good as it gets! A Champagne of this quality doesn't always come at this price. Basically it delivers the quality of many other Champagnes at double the price, made from a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blend from the Tour-sur-Marne (very close to Laurent Perrier) that has been aged on its lees, giving it a nutty, yeasty, and light citrus flavour. The delicate finish is crisp and dry with a lingering acidity. A wonderful wine that is best served well chilled. You could even add a dash of Cassis or Frambois to make a refreshing apéritif.
Blanc de Blancs means that a Champagne or sparkling wine is made from 100% Chardonnay. This Champagne is also made from 100% Chardonnay sourced from some of the oldest and finest Grand Cru vineyards in the Champagne region. This particular style of Champagne results in a very powerful, full and dry wine. Flavours are more pronounced and robust with the classical "yeasty" tang that comes from the Chardonnay giving this bubbly a wonderful complexity. The bubbles are tiny and highly refined and the flavours will linger and last on your mouth well after each sip, all of which alludes to the quality of this wine. You will find much "branded" Champagne on the market that is of a similar quality to this wine retailing around $100 a bottle.
The 2017 bears all the hallmarks of classic Craighall on the nose - stone fruit, almond biscotti and lime zest. On the palate, it is rich on entry with a supple and enticing mid structure, before flowing into a long and lingering mineral finish. Fully barrel fermented with wild indigenous yeasts, this exceptional release has excellent cellaring potential.
This prestigious champagne needs very little introduction as its name has been synonymous with glamour, refinement and celebration over the years. Having tried one of these bottles recently, it is starting to evolve into a majestic, pure and clean wine with considerable depth and structure, superb bubbles, length and stature. Even though it's almost 10 years old, it will further develop for a number of years with careful cellaring. It is suitable with a variety of dishes and obviously on its own.
"The 2019 vintage was exceptional and has produced the finest Estate Chardonnay that any of us can remember. The Kumeu vineyards that contribute to this wine gave us some magnificent fruit and we had a wide array of options in putting the Estate Chardonnay blend together. The level of citrus fruit complexity, and the layering of aromas and flavours that this wine shows are stunning. This is a quality Chardonnay wine of style and pedigree that is delicious now but has the capability of aging as well as if not better than any of its predecessors."
2009 was an outstanding vintage by Champagne standards made from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it displays superb depth, concentration but all together refined and elegant with outstanding persistent bubbles. This is the sort of Champagne that does not spend a quarter of its budget on advertising and marketing. They are straight Champagne growers that have been making Champagne for the last 2 centuries. If you want a magnificent Champagne equal to any other vintage, try this! It’s as good, if not better, at a fraction of the price.
An excellent new addition to the Triennes family. Triennes Blanc is made mainly from Chardonnay that sometimes is blended with Viognier, this produces a soft rounded white wine, perfumed yet fresh and mineral. Excellent with fish, shell fish and white meats. Drinking beautifully now!
2018 was another incredible vintage in Southern Lyon. Having tried this and compared to other vintages, the wine exhibits beautiful texture, purity and clean fruit, wonderfully ripe and balanced with notes of brioche and toasted almonds. Drink now or over the next 3-4 years.
Cristal, created in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II in Russia is one of the most unique Champagnes in the world. It is in fact the only one with a flat bottom bottle which was requested by the late Tsar because he thought it was being short measured. This is champagne at its finest, as inspired today as it has always been, the embodiment of elegance and purity. Cristal is made according to the strictest criteria, based on a dramatic selection process which applies to the vintage, cru, blends and finally the wines. Only Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from the House's 10 most celebrated crus are used in the production of this legendary cuvée.
“The 2019 vintage was exceptional and produced sensational Chardonnay across all our vineyards. Mate’s Vineyard is always the last site we pick each year. In 2019 the grapes certainly had the distinctive Mendoza millerandage, giving many small berries along with the normal sized ones, and as a result a wonderfully concentrated palate texture and fruit richness. Although still somewhat shy on the nose coming out of the barrel, with bottle age the full palette of complex aromas and bouquet of this wonderful wine will be gradually and seductively revealed.”
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