Domaine de Montbourgeau – L’Etoile 2010

I had this wine about nine or ten months ago for the first time whole having dinner at St Johns in Chattanooga.  This was also my first experience with a wine from the Jura region of France. It made a huge impression and since then I had been seeking to gain access to more bottles to enjoy…..and I got some. 🙂

So this wine is primarily Chardonnay, but it may be unlike any Chard you have ever had before. The wine is a nice gold straw color….and then you put your nose in the glass and it begins.  The nose on this wine is big and very expressive, I get almond, under ripe green apple, a lot of sherry, and earthy clayesque soil….really rustic and complex.  In the mouth I found the wine to be very smooth, with light fruit of apple and pear along with a really nice acidity.  This wine is really cool, probably not your everyday white wine but a wine of great contrast and complexity that needs time to sit and enjoy.

Chatt Wine Rating (1-10) – 8

Region – France, Jura, L’Etoile

Varietal – Chardonnay and Savagnin

Importer – Rosenthal Wine

Vineyard/Producer – Domaine de Montbourgeau

Purchased from – Riverside Wine

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