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February’s 29 days of Chardonnay

a collaborative project


Musings on Chardonnay and 2010 White Burgundies

Authored by Michael Tesarek 

Michael just returned from a small trip thoughout France: from Champagne south to Languedoc, a mere 500+ wines, 1800 miles, 25 wineries, 10 days. 

The grape that has the potential to appeal to everyone who loves white wine if made correctly has to be Chardonnay. What other variety is easy to grow and fat, oily, syrupy or sweet if that is your style. However, it can also be tense, razor sharp, and focused by climate and soil that helps shape it. I think you’ll see which style gets my tongue wagging. Here are a couple examples of outstanding wines tasted in the last week.

G. Picq Chablis 1st cru Vosgros 2010

A wine that whispers its subtle aromas of lime, saline, and dust. Tense yet expansive palate of dried mushrooms and a rainwater lemon texture that fans out and fattens to the 30 second finish

JM Gaunoux Les Perrieres 2010

Electric nose of elegance. So young and yet so promising. Aromas are compact,frisky, and linear now with precise lemon verbena, salted green apple and mineral crunchiness. Wound up like a 2 year old on the palate that expands and eases up for a rollercoaster finish. Fleshy but not too much and the acidity to hold it together for 15-20 years.

Having been an avid lover of wine, terroir, and food ever since birth Michael Tesarek currently represents wines for French Importer Vintage59.com in Southern California.

He strives to always drink and sell wines that speak of honesty, no manipulation and have the capacity to age while finding a place at the dinner table.

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