Wednesday, August 27, 2008

CHARDONNAY


Richard, a friend of mine has said that a Wine Guy should write about Chardonnay. He obviously has a poor memory because in an earlier Post I wrote that the best Chardonnay I have ever tasted was a Montrachet and likened it to a Maserati Quattroporte - beautiful, stylish but very very expensive.
Richard, who almost single handedly keeps the Australian Chardonnay industry going, discovered Chardonnay when some wag told him there was a 'hardon' in every bottle. He took it literally and is still looking for it.
Chardonnay is rightly described as being one of the classic varietals, in the first division of wine (other team mates are Riesling, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc). Some fools have recently disparaged Chardonnay and coined the term ABC - Anything but Chardonnay. I think this must have been some Pinot Gris growers somehere. Chardonnay has so many different forms that one should never become tired of it, all one has to do is look at another style or country of origin.
I am in Australia at present and have attended a Wine Event where there were many styles of Chardonnay being shown - most of them very good. The stand-out was a very expensive 2005 Grand Cru Chablis from the Les Clos vineyard which has always been a favourite of mine. Good Chablis has a flintiness or minerality about it that gives it an interesting middle palate. The second most favoured Chardonnay amongst many from Australia, France and New Zealand was 2007 Man O' War Valhalla Chardonnay from Waiheke Island. This also had minerality which gave it an extra dimension - fruit, minerality and Oak in perfect proportion - Yum!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great article. Was that guy joking about the erection thing? Aren't some people mean! I feel that I should start drinking Chardon.
R (of RBB)
ps. one of my brothers gave me a bottle of Italiano for my birthday. Incidently, someone had really mucked up the label because it said 'made in Australia' instead of 'made in Italy'. Should this wine be put down to age? If not, I was going to use it to kill some snails.

THE WINE GUY said...

Should this wine be put down to age?

No, just put down.

Must be nice to be held in such high esteem by your brothers.

Anonymous said...

"Must be nice to be held in such high esteem by your brothers."
Yes, I shudder to think what was spent!
R

Richard Prowse said...

Now do a post on Penfolds' Ruby Port.

Richard Prowse said...

... or McWilliams Sweet Sherry.

THE WINE GUY said...

"Now do a post on Penfolds' Ruby Port
or McWilliams Sweet Sherry."

The only Post deserving would be The Last Post

Richard Prowse said...

A good retort!