Domaine LeSeurre “Barrel Select” Chardonnay 2013: $25 Good

The Domaine LeSeurre “Barrel Select” Chardonnay 2013 $25 [Good] has some of the odder aromas I have encountered in Chardonnay.  In particular, there are scents resembling the dark brown bits of cheese you pick off the pan after baking a pizza.  By no means unpalatable, some drinkers may prefer this wine to the “Classique,” but I found the “Barrel Select” inferior with food and less lively than the “Classique."

Medium greenish lemon in color, the nose exhibits notes of toast, burnt matchsticks, toasted cheese, butter and some subtle apple-y fruit.  Medium bodied, dry, with substantial acidity, the DL has a near-viscous mouth feel.  Toasty notes are allied with subtle lemon-apple fruit, as well as hints of butter, pepper, earth, and a saline component.  The flavors are very “tight” and compressed.  The DL has a good uneventful finish.  August 2015

Note: This wine takes on more earthy “wooly” flavors after a day in the fridge.  Drink it at one sitting.



© Douglas Hillstrom 2014