2009 Evening Land Vineyards "Blue Label" Bourgogne Chardonnay (Elsewhere $25)

SKU #1137765

From the winery: "This wine was made in the traditional Burgundian style. After the manual harvest, the grapes were whole cluster pressed with a gentle Champagne cycle, settled overnight and then racked to barrels with fine lees. The wine underwent 100% malolactic fermentation and was then matured in French oak barrels (20% new oak)."

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By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/15/2013  | Send Email
If you're looking for a crossover Chardonnay to get your California Chard lovers on to the amazing world of Burgundy, look no further! Evening Land has found new roots in France, but being from Oregon, has always had more of an Old World style of approach. This wine is perfect for almost any level of wine drinker. With its richness balanced by firm acidity, and solid amount of integrated French oak, this will fit right in at any party. Super food-friendly and drinkable on its own. Just in time for the holidays! (Christie Cartwright, Hollywood Domestic buyer)

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/30/2013  | Send Email
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Fantastic rich, nutty chard with excellent persistence on the pallet. Sourced from Meursault (Domonique Lafon) and very well crafted. This wine shows the richness and ripe fruit character of the tremendous 2009 vintage but retains plenty of acidity and structure. Drinks well above it's very modest price point. Great transition wine for people seeking to get into white Burgundy.
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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:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5