Had a couple of lovely Chardonnays side by side: one from Burgundy, the other from the cool Sonoma Coast.
Bachelet-Monnot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts 2011 Burgundy, France
Lemony and taut, this has a lovely bright mineral quality to the crystalline citrus fruit. It’s beautifully expressive with crisp lemon fruit with well integrated acidity. Very pure and developing nice and slowly, with finesse and some structure. Not a big wine, but a pretty one. 93/100
Kutch Chardonnay 2015 Sonoma Coast, California
Very fine, lemony and assertive on the nose, with delicate matchstick notes from nice reduction. The palate is linear and precise with really tight, lean, but full flavoured lemon notes. It’s beautifully taut and expressive with keen acidity that’s struggling a bit to integrate now, but which will in time. This is so pristine and taut and offers lots of promise for the future, but it’s also edgy and enjoyable now if you like this reductive style. I love it. 95/100
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