2005 Jean-Louis Denois Chardonnay "Sainte Marie" Vin de Pays d'Oc (Previously $20)

SKU #1048849

One of the rising stars of the Languedoc, Jean Louis Denois makes exciting, world class wines that nonetheless remain amazingly inexpensive. His vineyards sit in the very southwestern corner of France, at the foot of the Pyrenees, and include red, white and sparkling wines. All of the Denois wines are made from perilously low-yielding vines, and vinified with as little interference as possible. The Sainte Marie from Denois is, in the words of our very own Clyde Beffa, a dead ringer for village Meursault. (at about half the price!). 13.5% abv

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/25/2009  | Send Email
I really like the balance of creaminess and light toast with minerality and the sweet-tart lemon flavors of this Burgundian-styled Chardonnay from the South of France. An elegant wine that offers great value and drinking satisfaction for the price.

 By: Bernie R |  Review Date: 2/8/2010 
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This pleasant Chard has a very nice balance of fruit, acidity, and minerality which is as satisfying as wines twice the price.

 By: Timothy Fildes |  Review Date: 1/1/2010 
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Has a floral and citrus bouquet with subtle, sweet, creamy oak nuances. This is very fine, rich, and balanced. A fantastic wine worth twice the price. I will buy this again. This is a good example of the style and superior quality of white wines produced in southern France.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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, Mâcon, 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.
Country:

France

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Languedoc-Roussillon

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5