2008 Domaine Renaud St-Veran

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St-Veran comes from vineyards with more limestone than the Macon, and is always a bit richer on the palate. This is no exception, as it is richer and bigger than either of their Mâcons, with fresh apple and pear notes and lovely Chardonnay fruit character, but still an unoaked Chardonnay owing its richness to the soil rather than the wood. (Ketih Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 06/09)

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By: Michael Berry | Review Date: 7/16/2010
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Rich and soft; with body and a blending of interesting but understated fruit and mineral flavors. A refreshingly acidic finish without bitterness. Buttery and subtle. Just a really nice glass of wine

By: Suzanne Chowla | Review Date: 4/6/2010
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I am surprised by how nice this wine is for the price. The chardonnay grape practically sings out of the glass. "Lusty" notes of golden apple, white grapefruit, and Bartlett pear really do indulge themselves on the palate, as Doug aptly mentions in his review. It's a fairly big, ebullient yet balanced chardonnay. If you're looking for Burgundian restraint, you won't find it here. But sometimes a lack of restraint is what's called for; I'd actually say this is really a nearly perfect cocktail wine. Perhaps most surprising for a wine of this price is that a nice limestone minerality asserts itself on the unexpectedly long finish. The only thing I find a slight bit lacking in this wine is enough underlying acidity. I certainly do not miss the oak one bit. The chardonnay grape really gets to shine in a glass of 2008 Domaine Renaud St. Veran.
Drink from 2010 to 2012

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Alcohol Content (%): 13