2005 Chablis, St. Victoire, Domaine Seguinot-Bordet

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Allen Meadows picks this a a Key Buy, calls it Outstanding! and writes: "pain grillé and vanilla hints frame more complex and more deeply pitched green fruit and iodine aromas that can also be found on the big, rich and impressively intense flavors that coat the palate on the nicely long finish. There is a touch of wood that resurfaces on the finish though the mid-palate fat is sufficient to absorb it over time." (Burghound, 10/06) The Seguinot family has been growing Chablis vines since 1590. This Chablis is called St. Victoire, after the family name, which means friendly victor or victory in the ancient visigoth tongue. It is made from their oldest vines, planted in 1935. This results in focus, a rich mid-palate and great weight to accompany the bright minerality on the long finish. This is hand-harvested, and is fermented in 15-20% wood, and the remainder is in horizontal stainless tanks, which Jean-Francois had specially built to increase lees contact. Although twice as expensive as conventional tanks, these allow 75% of all of the wine to remain within 3 feet of the lees, and pick up more richness than the upright tanks, while retaining crisp minerality. The success of this method is clearly seen here in the glass! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/07)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- The region north of the Cote d'Or, famous for its steely dry white wines made from Chardonnay. There are 7 Grands Crus vineyards, and numerous Premier Crus. Unfortunately, the name has been borrowed and badly abused by producers of inferior white wines in the US as well as in Australia. True French Chablis is a delicate, stony, crisp Chardonnay, bearing no resemblance to the anonymous plonk so labeled here.