Thursday, September 15, 2011

2006 Twenty Mile Bench Chardonnay

2006 Le Clos Jordanne LCJ Vineyard Chardonnay

2006 Le Clos Jordanne Le Clos Jordanne Vineyard Chardonnay, VQA Twenty Mile Bench

I like this vineyard a lot; most of the fruit for the Le Grand Clos wines are sourced from these vines. There's always a bit apprehension when you taste a wine from your cellar. Will it be damaged, will it be good/bad, will it live up to expectations? All that was in the back of my mind as I poured a few glasses of the LCJ Vineyard chardonnay. Would it be as great as I remembered it to be?

I want to be delicate with how I phrase this - the wine was delicious, but was not my favourite of the three chardonnays. There's always surprises in tastings like this, but I was a bit stunned to see how sure I was of what was showing best. I really thought I'd love this one, but it just lacked a little bit more of everything: more aroma, more texture, more intensity. Still fresh on the bouquet, with a richness that sometimes sits on top of the fruit. Some overt oak, with a spiciness and minerality on the palate. Elegant, but finishes a bit clumsy, almost as if the lees age/battonage was just a bit too much. I'm glad to see how youthful its showing - hopefully my other bottles will come together a bit more with bottle age.


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