jamie goode's wine blog: New world Chardonnay: Chilean Chablis, Australian Burgundy

Thursday, October 29, 2009

New world Chardonnay: Chilean Chablis, Australian Burgundy

Perhaps a slightly naughty title, but here are two fabulous new world Chardonnays, one very much in the style of Chablis, and one in the style of a Puligny Montrachet. Chardonnay's star is waning (can stars wane, or just the moon?), but I think that it's a serious grape variety and deserves a bit more respect.

Maycas del Limari Unoaked Chardonnay 2007 Limari Valley, Chile
Fresh, focused and fruity with gentle nutty notes on the nose. Concentrated and bright with nice minerality and lemon and grapefruit notes. This is stylish and reminds me of a dense Chablis. Long minerally finish. 89/100

Howard Park Chardonnay 2007 Great Southern, Western Australia
Barrel fermented with natural yeasts. Very fine, fresh, taut toasty nose with lemony freshness and hints of figgy richness. The palate is concentrated, fresh and intense with high acidity, taut lemony fruit and lovely toasty richness. It has a cool-climate feel to it. Sophisticated and refined, this is like a modern-styled Puligny Montrachet. Give this 3-5 years and it will be fascinating. 91/100

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At 8:21 AM, Blogger syllabub said...

Please include price and where you can buy...

At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Majestic have an offer on the Maycas Chardonnay. Think it's down from 12.99 to 9.99 if you buy two.

At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you guy used/seen Vinifera Boutique? Its a new online quality French wines store. Its got a really good site but I haven't heard of anyone that has used them so I was wondering if anyone here has.


(I posted this on an old article by accident too sorry :P)

At 1:11 PM, Blogger The Wine Mule said...

That is a naughty title! Took a minute to locate the Lipari Valley. I wasn't expecting to find a cool-climate region that far north of Santiago. I hear there's some Chilean "Sancerre" coming out of the Leyda Valley these days...

At 8:07 AM, Blogger Mark said...

These vineyards are near the sea and affected by Pacific sea mists, which keep the temperatures well below what one would expect at that latitude.


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