Wills Domain Cuvée d’Elevage Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV

This is a well made sparkling wine from the classic varieties of chardonnay and pinot noir. The producer is Wills Domain in the Margaret River. In the glass, there are light aromas of citrus and yeast. The palate has between medium and firm acidity. Well priced and suitable for current drinking. Rating: Good. Abv: NA. […]

Pierre Péters Champagne Cuvée de Réserve Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV

I recall listening to a really interesting Guildsomm podcast with Rodolphe Péters of Pierre Péters Champagne and it wasn’t obvious what he didn’t know about Champagne. It’s worth a listen. His wine here proved to be very good indeed and was tasted blind. In the glass, it has firm acidity, good length and a restrained, […]

La Chablisienne Côte de Léchet 1er Cru 2016

La Chablisienne continue to produce very good, reasonably priced Chablis wines. Côte de Léchet is a south-east facing premier cru vineyard and its wines are typically considered more austere in character as a consequence. In the glass, the 2016 has firm aromatics of stones and lemon. The palate is medium bodied, with good acidity. This […]

Raveneau Chablis Montée de Tonnerre 2013

A first for everything, this time a Raveneau wine from Chablis, and premier cru vineyard Montée de Tonnerre in particular. A grand cru in style, this wine has a gorgeous aroma of lemon and minerals. The palate reminds of jasmine, yoghurt and has a resounding linear acidity. This is an outstanding wine that can be […]

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve

I don’t normally post on non-vintage Champagnes, but the quality of this Charles Heidsieck wine was quite compelling.  Golden in colour, it has an overt and rather delicious aroma of biscuit and yeast.  The palate is dry, fresh, has racy acidity, together with definitive lemon and cedar notes.  This is a very attractive, special occasion […]

d’Arenberg The Olive Grove McLaren Vale Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2018

Modestly priced at $16, this is a sound chardonnay from McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. In the glass, it has restrained aromas of peach and nectarine. The palate is medium-full bodied and in a crisp, fresh style. Rating: Acceptable to Good. Abv: 13%. Price: $16. Website: darenberg.com.au. Source: Sample.

Curly Flat Chardonnay Macedon Ranges 2016

This is a serious chardonnay from Curly Flat in the Macedon Ranges.  Yellow gold in colour, its aromas of cedar, butter and perfumed citrus resolutely speak of chardonnay.  The palate is full bodied and balanced by quite fresh and minerally acidity.  Ready to drink now, this is a very good chardonnay that can be approached […]