Posted on Feb, 07. 2012 by Chad Zakaib
Editor’s Note: Please take a minute to collect yourself. Center yourself, if you will. Close your eyes, sit up straight and breathe deeply more than a few times. Refresh yourself, and focus. If you do, you’ll have properly prepared yourself to taste a wine. When settled, read on and know that I hope my words can do this one justice.
Honey, and the distant smell of a well-prepared tart tatin. The aromatic impression of a river running down a bed of well-worn stones with honeysuckle lining the far bank, and apple trees on the hill. The aroma with a humid weightiness to it, as if when you slowly draw it swirling off the liquid.
The palate starts with something akin to the lemon tart that my wife makes, with all fresh lemon and lemon peel and only the slightest amount of sugar, but almost immediately, there are those roasted apples, with some white grapes halved, in the slightest bit of butter and maybe a drop of apple brandy. The palate evidence’s an engineer’s precision, a master craftsman not showing off, just showing how it is done.
What’s strikes is what’s NOT present: there’s no toast, no pain grille, no caramel, no vanilla, no baking spices. If there was oak, it was certainly very large, very old casks imparting no oak flavor, but instead just allowing a slight mellowing of the acids. Medium weight, with heft but not fat, like the presence of an accomplished former athlete – a discretely sizeable fellow, maybe 6’ 3” and 220 pounds, who if pressed, can still dunk a basketball.
If you are a fan of the style or the region, or just want to continue to explore the wonders of Chardonnay, this is an absolute steal, produced by Daniel Barraud, a man many call the best winemaker in the Macon.
Domaine Barraud Macon-Chaintre 2008
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Retail Price: $21.00