LCBO Sale WIne of the Week: August 18

Louis Jadot 2014 Chardonnay Bourgogne (Burgundy, France)

Sale $20.95, Regular $23.95
Discount (until Sept. 11): $3.00
LCBO # 933077 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Fresh and clean pear, peach, white plum, apple and citrus with a hint of vanilla. Clean, fresh, pure.
Pairs with: Salmon or trout, mushroom risotto, omelet and a platter of cheese. Great sipping too.
Good for: Sunny afternoons and evening noshing.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Drink: Now to 2018.

Why we're drinking this
You can do pretty well with New World Chardonnays in the under $20 arena. Wines from Chile, Argentina and even some of the cheap and cheerful California Chards of late. But when you bump up over the $20 mark, you can afford Burgundy — and you’ll know that dropping that extra five bucks is worth it. (Even just for the label!) This Bourgogne from the venerable house of Jadot is a very good example of entry-level white Burgundy. It has the requisite balance and tension, with zippy acidity and a slightly herbaceous quality keeping the ripe fruit in balance. This is a sleek wine, wonderfully crafted and a pure pleasure to drink. Elegant, with some real personality.

Tasting note
With aromas of white peach, pear, white plum and melon, underlined by the expected apple and citrus notes, this wine greets you with an inviting “hey, how ya doin’?” The aromas are focused and clean, backed by a touch of banana and tropical fruit, indicating well-ripened fruit. (But not too ripe.) A hint of vanilla points to good oak judiciously deployed. On the palate, those fruit elements are joined by nectarine and some herbaceous notes that give the wine a really nice edge. The acidity is bright and steely, the finish is long and refreshing. Really, you can’t go wrong with this wine — a great sipper, and nice with poached salmon or trout, mushroom risotto, or an herbed omelet. If you’re looking to up your game in Chardonnay, start here. A solid 89 pointer.

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