2013 Leeuwin Estate "Art Series" Chardonnay Margaret River Western Australia (Elsewhere $80+)

SKU #1282368 98 points James Halliday

 It is supremely elegant and finely balanced, and has absorbed the new oak in a manner worthy of a Grand Cru White Burgundy, leaving the fragrant bouquet and finely structured palate of startling length to occupy centre stage. 64% cultured yeast, 36% wild yeast, fermented in and matured for 11 months in new French oak.  (1/2017)

97 points Bob Campbell

 Lightish green/yellow hue, restrained for its age, and the bouquet is ultra-fresh and youthful, with almost contradictory intensity thanks to concentrated fruit. Tremendous depth of flavour, which rolls on and on across the tongue. Lightly toasted cashews, subtly mealy, focused and tautly framed. A most impressive chardonnay which has a big future. A stunner! (HH - Real Review)

96 points Wine Spectator

 Elegant and graceful, this opens to supple lemon and tangerine flavors, accented by spice, cedar, mineral and white floral touches. Everything is precise and supple, with a juicy touch on the epic finish. Drink now through 2026. *Highly Recommended* (MW)  (7/2016)

95 points Vinous

 (raised in 100 percent new French oak) Pale yellow-gold. A highly complex, mineral-laced bouquet evokes fresh citrus and orchard fruits, iodine, toasted brioche and white flowers, and a hint of fennel emerges with air. Shows superb depth and delineation, offering vibrant orange, pear, sweet butter and anise flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Powerful yet graceful, displaying superb focus and thrust on an impressively long finish that features lingering floral and mineral flourishes. (JR)  (10/2017)

94 points James Suckling

 Fabulous flamboyance and opulence yet a freshness and brightness underneath. Full body, lemon curd, apple meringue undertones. Vibrant finish.  (3/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chardonnay Art Series is very ripe and rich, with a tropical nose of ginger, brioche and honeyed peach. The medium-bodied palate reveals a pleasant oiliness, which is in synch with the spicy richness. The finish has great length and freshness supporting the many layers. (LPB) 93+  (3/2016)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 As always at Leeuwin Estate, the Art Series Chardonnay is a star. Now incorporating some natural ferments and slightly more solids, the 2013 features some more savory elements than in the past. A hint of pencil shavings highlights the pear and pineapple fruit, which offers plenty of flesh without being overbearing. (JC)  (2/2017)

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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2017 | Send Email
I was stunned by the quality of this beautifully crafted Chardonnay. An intriguing bouquet of saffron, baking spice, lemon meringue and green apples hints at its nuance and complexity. On the palate, electrifying acidity enhances the aforementioned flavors, and while there is an underlying richness from the oak regimen, the emphasis is on freshness and balance. Superb craftsmanship.

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2017 | Send Email
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I still recall the first time I tried a Leeuwin Estate Artist Series Chardonnay. I was completely astonished at the incredible quality and complexity of the wine. The 2013 is spectacularly consistent with my original feelings. Lovely, classy and refined, but not at all lightweight. The rich body of this wine completely envelops the oak, which feels nutty and creamy. It has a dense apple fruit tinged with tangerine and lemon peel, that goes on and on - the finish is extremely long and laced with fine minerals. You would be forgiven for thinking of a modern Burgundy when tasting this wine, but truly it is all Margaret River from start to finish.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/2/2017 | Send Email
The reviews on this wine are phenomenal and for good reason. This Chardonnay from one our our top Aussie producers is energetic and dynamic, while remaining elegant and refined. The price on this Chard is lower than you'll find anywhere else and I will be taking advantage and picking up some of it for gifts and elegant dinner parties. It shows fantastic balance and nuance of flavors, with just a touch of oak and brioche flavors complimenting the stone fruit. Even if you are not familiar with the Leeuwin label, I encourage you to give it a try and don't think you'll be surprised that it stands up to any high end Chardonnay from California or 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:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

Western Australia

Specific Appellation:

Margaret River

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5