Sunday, February 27, 2011

2008 Niagara Peninsula

2008 Le Clos Jordanne Chardonnay

2008 Le Clos Jordanne Village Reserve Chardonnay, VQA Niagara Peninsula

Always a pleasure to be drinking LCJ. Our second wine, served with our sea cucumber and steamed fish. I like to open a bottle from the most recent vintage, just to gauge it's development, and gain a useful insight into how long I should put them away for. The 2008's are especially special to me, as this was the first Niagara vintage I tasted from barrel.

Double decanted and chilled, a deep gold colour. The oak is apparent at this point, this creamy, buttery layer on top of the citrus fruit. Not a big issue at this point, as it's such a young wine, but it seems LCJ chardonnay shows a lot of oak in its youth. We'll see how this plays out . . . I tasted these wines in tank, just before bottling, and the mineral aspects of the wine were much more apparent. We'll see.

Fruit is ripe, round on the palate with firm acidity. Harmonious, and finished with a subtle herbal character. Far too young to place judgement at this point - these wines need a good 5 years of bottle age to settle down.

Stood up well to the more assertive flavours of the food we were eating, but even then, still felt a bit too heavy, too viscous. Chinese food really needs a more delicate wine. Still a delicious wine though, if you just can't resist. But you should.


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