2014 Domaine Baud Chardonnay l'Etoile Blanc

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Tucked in between Burgundy and Switzerland lies the region of Jura. Although the climate and terroir are similar to Burgundy, the wines from this region’s remote hillside vineyards are entirely unique. Until recently, Jura was one of France’s best-kept secrets for wine and culinary delights. Now the region is trending among sommeliers and wine novices alike. The wines of the Jura should have a place on everyone’s table, not simply those in the know. Thanks to our new direct relationship with Domaine Baud, we can offer some of the great wines of the Jura at price points so low, it takes some of the risk out of being adventurous! Domaine Baud has been making wine in the Jura since 1742, perfecting their craft for nine generations. We are lucky to receive an allocation of their wine, considering around 75% of their production is consumed locally. Clementine Baud and her brother now run the estate. They have chosen to certify their farms sustainable (Terra Vitis).

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2017 | Send Email
For those hesitant to explore the wines of Jura, this is the perfect crossover. The Chardonnay is all from Baud's vineyards in l'Etoile. One of the signature points of this region are its tiny fossilized stars found scattered throughout the vineyards. This little stars or "etoile" are fossils from ancient sea urchin or anemone that roamed this prehistoric seabed. The soils are primarily limestone which are perfect for Chardonnay. This is a non-oxidative style, a now very common departure from the traditional oxidative wines of the region. The wine has gorgeous aromas of butter poached pears spiced with nutmeg, clove and cardamom. It is supple on the palate and beautifully balanced in the mouth. It is also an exceptional wine to pair with food. I personally love it with smoked salmon, creamier or medium cheeses and with steamed shellfish. For fans of White Burgundy and California Chardonnay, you will be amazed how close to home this brings you but with its own special Jurassic character.

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/26/2017 | Send Email
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I've been growing very fond of the Jura region of France recently, and Domaine Baud in particular. This Chardonnay is very unique. While it is buttery, it doesn't taste like any other Chardonnay I've had before. Definitely worth checking out!

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2017 | Send Email
This special Chardonnay from Domaine Baud is named for the star shaped Vineyards in the Jura which supply It's fruit, but also for the star shaped, fossilized marine organisms that can be found in the soil, which provide dimension and depth in the wine. If you are new to the white wines of Jura, this is a wonderful place to start. The palate is full bodied, yet fresh and with vibrant acidity, and without oxidation. There is a wonderful concentration of flavor in this wine, with aromas and flavors of lightly spiced poached pear, lemon peel, and briny, sensual minerality.

Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2017 | Send Email
The gorgeous Baud L'Etoile is an outrageous value. This is "Chardonnay" for the people that say they HATE Chardonnay. For me it's nearly the perfect white wine. Gorgeous golden color. A stupendous nose of rocky minerals, bright white currants and yuzu peel. Ultra clean and refreshing, but not light or low flavor. I love this style, but we usually have to pay $20 more to get there. Gonna buy a case before their all gone.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2017 | Send Email
Beautiful gold color, light and floral nose with a hint of spice. Apples, pears, great acidity with a long, slightly nutty finish for added complexity.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2017 | Send Email
This delicious Chardonnay is clean and smooth with a slightly salty tang and wonderful limestone and damp clay mineral tones. The finish has hints of savory wild herbs like tarragon and fennel and ends with a juicy citrus rind splash.

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- 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.


- 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.