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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Louis Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay, 2009

Golden yellow in the glass, on first opening, this Louis Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay is neutral and lemony, but very drinkable.

With some aeration, it develops into something more expressive - there are hints of ripe tropical fruit on the nose, a touch of sweet floral spice and some toasty yeastiness.

The palate is mouthfilling with a creamy texture, there is sweet tropical pineapple acidity, a leesy savouriness and touches of toasty spiciness.

The finish shows a persistent leesiness and with 13% alcohol and limited oak, it is ripe enough to be an easy drinker, but also has the body, acidity and versatility to match with a range of foods from creamy pasta to chicken and hard yellow cheeses.

The wine is made from a blend grapes mainly from the Côte d'Or and the Mâconnais; fermentation is in a mixture of stainless steel (for freshness) and oak (for body and complexity).

At a couple of pounds over a tenner, it is priced as a bit more than just an everyday wine, but it is well-made and well-balanced, and given that this is Burgundy, that feels about right.

Ideally, it should probably spend at least half an hour in the decanter before serving - and it will age for a good few more years yet.

£12.49 from Ashew Wines, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Dave's Discount Store, Eynsham Cellars, Eagle Wines, Partridges of Sloane Street, Rhythm & Booze, Wine Rack; provided for review.

Links

Louis Jadot - http://www.louisjadot.com/en/index.php
Cambridge Wine Merchants - http://www.cambridgewine.com/

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