Chardonnay drinkers fall into two camps. Either you like mineral driven Burgundy, or buttery, oak driven California style. There is no right or wrong and we have a bit of both.
2018 Domaine Delaye Les Pierres Grises — St. Veran $14
Bright citrus framed by a backbone of clean acidity and minerality with a finish that is clean, bright and refreshing. The name of the wine, “Les Pierres Grises,” refers to the grey rocks that define the terrain of Saint Veran and this wine always keeps this terroir directly in focus. Messed up capsules– Was $16 now $14
2018 Gerbeaux Macon Villages $16
Very elegant with aromas of white flower, and white and exotic fruits. Biodynamic Was $20 now $16
2019 Lamblin Bourgogne Blanc $17
A big Chardonnay for the price, with an elegant and complex nose in which aromas of fresh fruits and white flowers mix with a touch of vanilla.
2018 Domaine de la Denante Macon Verze $18
The soil in Verzé produces a wine with more tension. This wine is harder, but still with a nice richness, full of ripe apple and crisp pear flavors. Acidity comes with citrus and kiwi fruit.
2013 Domaine Edmond Monnot Bourgogne Blanc $22
Hautes Côtes de Beaune
A mineral layered Chard, with great complexity for the price.
2018 Le Domaine d’Henri Le Allées Du Vignoble Chablis $23
Of the two hectares inherited in the early 60s, Henri Laroche created this small Chablis estate and dedicated his life to it. Today the family continues to extract the purest expression of Chardonnay, as demonstrated by this cuvee offering aromas of Golden delicious apple and a typical lacteous note, supported by an ample and generous texture leading to a mineral finale.
2018 Oliver Leflaire Les Sétilles $28
Les Sétilles is sourced from vineyards within the communes of Puligny Montrachet and Meursault. The aromas of white flowers, peach, grilled almond and lemon peel dominate on a mineral-tinged background. The attack is full and warm on the palate with a lively and greedy finish.
2018 Vessigaud Poully-Fussé Vieilles Vignes $39
From 45-year-old vines this quality Burgundy ages 18 months in neutral barrels. the wine has a rich nose with citrus notes combining with tropical fruit aromas and subtle oak. The palate is full and rounded with good texture and a fine balance of rich, ripe fruit and balancing minerality.
2017 Olivier Leflaire Meursault $83
Aged in wood, this blend of parcels from across Meursault shows the richness for which the appellation is famed. It contrasts that with acidity, freshness and crisp citrus. The combination has produced a wine that can age further.
2016 Justin Girardin Chassagne Montrachet $70
of Chassagne where there was an abbey whose ruins you can still see. This classic Burgundy comes from 25 year old vines. Organic
2015 Bernard Millot Puligny Montrachet Les Corvées $55
Nose of white flowers, sweet almonds; The palate is full on woody notes, revealing aromas of citrus (lemon) to finish on a good freshness in the mouth.
2018 Chavy-Chouet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Les Champs Gain $100
The wine is produced from 100% Chardonnay coming from the top of the hills of Puligny-Montrachet. The rocky soil of the steep slopes is rich in limestone. Champs-Gain is a fine and subtle wine with fresh and lively citrus notes. Over time, it delicately reveals notes of very ripe yellow fruits.
2018 Pozzan Annabella Chardonnay Napa Valley $13
Great Value CA Chard. Aromas of Asian pear, orange blossom, candied lemon peel, and brown sugar. In the mouth, the wine showcases a well-balanced acidity in counterpoint to a plump, round mouthfeel. Generous flavors of juicy pear, white nectarine, and Meyer lemon blend together with a note of toasted almonds lasting throughout the finish.
2019 Mark Ryan The Vincent Chardonnay $15
A racy number, this wine offers spiced pear and traces of pineapple before giving way to a palate featuring green apple and ripe citrus. The mouthfeel is relatively full, with more rich apple and stone-fruit tones.
2018 Freehand Cellars Oaked Chardonnay $17
Intriguing layers of poached pears, white peaches and baked apples that leads into the palate with complex layers of wet stone, marzipan and roasted cashews. The mouthfeel is pure and balanced and displays vibrant acidity while maintaining richness with an elegant finish that showcases sweet exotic spices and a lush, lingering finish.
2018 Raeburn Russian River Chardonnay $20
Classic California Chardonnay—elegant and expressive with bright fruit character, creaminess and toasty vanilla. The 2015 vintage is ripe, luscious with fruit tones ranging from pear and Gravenstein apple to nectarine beautifully complemented with toasted oak, vanilla, and hints of Crème Brûlée.
2017 Roots Cancilla Vineyard Chardonnay $22
Oregon seems made for Chardonnay. Barrel fermented. From a single one-acre vineyard. Only 60 cases made. Organic
2016 Brick House Chardonnay $26
The Ribbon Ridge Chard has a lovely nose of acacia blossom, fresh hay and wet stone over a core of red and yellow apples and lemon pith with touches of sliced almonds. Medium-bodied and lively in the mouth, it offers good layers of orchard and citrus fruit with mineral and earth notes plus toasty/nutty suggestions in the background. It’s slightly creamy in the mouth with a strong frame of acidity, finishing on a honey-nut note. Biodynamic
2018 Orr Chardonnay $30
From Columbia Gorge fruit Erica’s Chard is mineral driven and fresh with that tension between bright, clean and acidic and round, rich and savory.