Monday, 2 December 2013

My Weekend Wine: Grand Ardeche Chardonnay, Louis Latour.

Last week I brought you Fine Wine Friday. Today is Monday, and as we all know, Monday's are horrendous. Not only do you have to compete with Monday morning traffic on the way to the first day of the working week nursing the spoils of a weekend, you also realise you've spent all your money producing said hangover. Sucks right? Well what better way to brighten up what is possibly one of the dullest days of the week by bringing you something wonderful.

From the Burgundian giant, Louis Latour, (one of the biggest producers, not a very large person that's red) comes a finely crafted powerhouse of a Chardonnay. Just west of The Rhone Valley lies the beautiful landscape that is The Ardeche. This region has just about the perfect everything for growing Chardonnay, and with one of the finest minds in Burgundy behind the wheel, the end product is a little bit special.

Grand Ardeche Chardonnay 2011 is made from 100% Chardonnay and benefits from barrel fermentation rather than the usual tank, giving the nose a scintillating combination of vanilla, butter and nuttiness on top of sweet apples and stone fruit. The palate is alive with green apple, pear, citrus fruits and peach to name just a few. Unlike some oaked Chardonnays, the oak presence rounds off the flavours perfectly with subtle vanilla, sweet spice and a creamy texture to die for. A fantastic, affordable alternative to White Burgundy.

Due to it's rich texture, this wine is the perfect White to go with turkey at Christmas. What's more it's only £10.99 a bottle or £9.99 when you buy 2 from Majestic.

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