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