Chardonnay, Plaisir des Princes

SKU #993833

In a plentiful vintage, some vineyards in Burgundy produce more wine than they can legally sell. When they do, they declassify the overage as Vin de Table. This white Burgundy from the Mâcon falls into that category. It is actually 2008 Mâcon Villages, but the crop was large and the market softer, thanks to the weak dollar. Remember, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck but sells for peanuts, who cares what they call it? (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/2/2009 | Send Email
We haven’t had Plaisir des Princes Chardonnay ($8.99) from the Macon area of Burgundy in stock for at least a year, mainly due to Keith’s (our Burgundy wine buyer) rather low standards of wanting really good wine for that label. This is 2008 Macon that has been declassified as such, and, as usual, without a vintage by Alain Corcia and is a Gem-of-a-wine. It is clean, crisp, and very appealing on the nose and in the mouth, with pippin-apple-like characteristics and a subtle lushness that carries into its lovely finish. The last time we had this in stock, we flew through the several hundred cases that were available in several weeks. Sooo, don’t linger. It will disappear. This will be our house white for October, according to The Beaner and Eby. 12.5% abv
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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2009 | Send Email
This delightful, honeyed Chardonnay is the perfect refrigerator door wine- it will hold up for days with a cork in it, and is as tasty as the aperitif as it is with lighter fare. The wine is light, but not lean and has a hint of mellow fruitiness to balance out its refreshing zing.
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