Saturday, February 23, 2013

Louis Jadot Macon Villages, 2010

Apple is the descriptor that comes most readily to mind when describing Chardonnay. That is, if the wine hasn't been slathered with aromas of buttered toast, vanilla or lime, as it often is with heavily oaked New World Chardonnays. Like many Chardonnays today, Louis Jadot's Macon Villages proudly proclaims that it is made from 100% unoaked Chardonnay grapes matured in stainless steel to preserve the freshness of the fruit. And it's all the better for that, in my opinion. The apple-like smells and flavors of this wine are beautifully ripe, fresh and well defined. This 2010 Macon has excellent acidity that keeps it lively. But probably the most distinguishing feature is the silky smooth mouth feel.

I don't like to spend much more than $10 for a Macon Villages, and I was able to buy this wine on sale for about that price. I will be looking for a similar deal with the 2011 that is now hitting the market.

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