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9th March 2014


Le Casse Noix, Chardonnay 2012, France
A fine example of the 'new Chardonnay' from the Languedoc in southern France. Here, as in warm New World regions like Australia and California, the winemakers have responded to consumer dissatisfaction with over-alcoholic, over-oaked and over-ripe Chardonnay, by creating a much more temperate and restrained wine. With only 12.5% alcohol this is far from being a blockbuster, but instead majors on crisp apple and citrus aromatics, though there is a creaminess and light nougat quality of ripeness. On the palate there is abundant ripe fruit sweetness, but crucially it has racy citrus acidity focusing the apple and melon fruit. A nice wine and great example of Chardonnay revisited. Watch the video for food matching ideas and more information. 6.99 - 7.49 including Davis Bell McCraith, Amps Fine Wine, CrossStobs Bottle Shop, South Down Cellars, Harper Wells. See all stockists on wine-searcher.com.

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