2006 Domaine Alain Gras St-Romain Blanc (Elsewhere $35 !)

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Alain Gras is one of the more reliable producers in the tiny village of St. Romain. His vines average 40 years of age, and he hand-harvests, uses about 20% stems, and ages in oak barrels, with less than 25% new oak to keep the wine more open and show off the minerality and delicacy that is the hallmark of St. Romain. This is a terrific value in White Burgundy. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer) As Clive Coates writes: "Alain Gras is the leading grower in Saint-Romain. The view from his courtyard, up in Saint-Romain-le-Haut, perched above a 100-foot cliff, is breathtaking. Alain Gras'wines are pure, elegant and full of fruit. " About the 2006, Wine Spectator writes: "Peach and melon notes show the ripe side of this white. It ends with a grapefruit peel accent and modest length" (Wine Spectator)

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By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/5/2010  | Send Email
This is one of the more esteemed producers in the St-Romaine AOC, and after trying this wine you can see why. 40 plus year old vines, hand harvested, and then aged in oak barrels, 25% new this is serious white burgundy. With fruit tones that lean more to the peach melon end of the spectrum then supported with just the right amount of oak spice and a vibrant finish with just a hint of citrus.

 By: Marc Mirenzi |  Review Date: 12/7/2010 
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I was extremely underwhelmed by this particular selection personally. It was "thin" in the flavor department at best, no really stunning characteristics, flat texture, barely noticeable flavor. I could see paying $6 for a bottle and using it for cooking, but you can do much better for the same price with many other different wines.

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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

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.