Abbotts & Delaunay
Oaky chardonnay is all a bit early noughties.
For years, I resisted Chardonnay's buttery, oatmealy charms in preference to thrilling, zingy Riesling - and only started to come round just as the backlash was beginning and we all discovered kiwi Sauvignon Blanc.
This Abbotts & Delaunay Chardonnay is from Languedoc, but does not feel especially warm-climate - it blends a Burgundian precision with just enough southern warmth.
Sandy yellow in the glass, there are complex aromas of dried citrus, beeswax, sweet spice and jasmine.
Zingy and fresh, but with a saline minerality; nutty, creamy oatmeal and leesiness. Long, substantial and persistent.
Poised, harmonious and very accomplished. Will only improve with age.
£16.99 from Avery's; provided for review.
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