There’s something about Chardonnay…


Spring is in the air. No, summer – at least where I am. That, together with atheistic Easter celebrations, has sent wine blogging down to an unprioritized position. Great weather and the white wines are ready to take pole position for the coming months. What better than to start with the world’s greatest white wine grape – Chardonnay!

There’s something about Chardonnay. No other grape has shown such adaptability around the world – and such great results as well. Here’s to Easter and Chardonnay; a homage to two of the greatest:

2004 Blanc de blancs, Louis Casters. Spring flowers, green apples, lemon and lime peel, school chalk and some yeast. Fine, intense taste, gorgeous tickling bubbles, dry with just the slightest touch of sweetness showing up when the temperature rises in the glass. Green apples, minerals and young, alive and kicking acidity. Long finish. What a way to salute the weather. I have to drink more Champagne! (90-91 p)

Then there’s the mind-bogging, mineral driven and just fabulous 2007 Block 2 from Felton Road in Central Otago (93-94 p). I’m telling you; this just shows the greatness of Chardonnay and that it’s not something Burgundy has monopoly on. Restrained, filled with mineral driven character, razor sharp precision and presence. Man, I just love this glass. Have to try the 2007 next to the 2008 and 2009 soon. Can they be even better? Rumors are saying 2009 are surpassing 2007!

Thanks for reading this! Back to the sun now!

PS. I know. I’m fortunate to have a brother who also happens to be a photographer.