Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pierre Andre Bourgogne Chardonnay Reserve, 2005

This Pierre Andre Bourgogne Chardonnay has been a little beauty for the past couple of years, but the last two bottles I opened (March and May of this year) were very ordinary--rather blunted in their fruit quality. With this bottle, the wine is back in top form, dancing on the tongue like a wine celebrating its prime.

The color has always been a medium to light yellow, probably indicating minimal or no new oak treatment. The complexity of aromas and flavors are remarkable, however. Fresh lemon, peaches, pears and minerals. The wine has the qualities I like in higher appellation white Burgundies from Saint Aubin, Puligny Montrachet and, to a lesser degree, Mersault. Medium bodied with a ripe finish. Nothing showy; just a lovely wine showing its best.

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