jamie goode's wine blog

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Just finishing off a long, detailed article on the problem of premature ageing of white Burgundies, which began in the mid-1990s. It's for The World of Fine Wine. White Burgundies are so far absent from my nascent Chardonnay trail. I'll have to do something about that. For now, we turn to Chile.

Casa Lapastolle Cuvee Alexandre Chardonnay Atalayas Vineyard 2004 Casablanca, Chile
Powerful stuff, this. Big nose of open, ripe pineapple and melon fruit, with a herbal edge and some nice freshness. It's fruit driven and nicely poised. The palate is bold and concentarted with more of that direct, nicely framed fruit and good acidity. The oak is well in the background (part of the wine was in stainless steel) and melony, herby fruit dominates. A wine with real impact yet some restraint, my only criticism being the high alcohol. Very good/excellent 91/100


At 11:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Presumably you have been following this debate on Mark Squires' Bulletin Board. It is a topic of great interest out here in the outer reaches - Michael Brajkovich MW particularly has some views on the matter.

Paul Tudor
Auckland, NZ

PS - on this theme, we should arrange some Kumeu River Chardonnay to get to you

At 2:50 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Yes, Paul, I have followed it

I must try the kumeu river

At 5:34 PM, Blogger g58 said...

High alcohol killed the Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc and almost everything else on the table when I tried it earlier this summer. I imagine their Chardonnay could handle it better but egads, these Grand Marnier people are taking alcohol to new levels in white wine.


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