By way of background, opening thoughts: When you think of the area of Beaujolais, you probably think of Beaujolais Nouveau. But, truly, Beaujolais is its own appelation, with plenty of wines that can be enjoyed several years (not just several weeks) after vinting! Today, we'll try a well-aged chardonnay.
Original tasting and review : This is Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay, Beaujolais, France, 2007, finished at 12% alcohol. We're first sampling this at seven years from its vintage date, in April, 2014, likely too long.
In the glass: Light butterscotch.
On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows a light, dry butterscotch aroma.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact consistent with the aroma, but offering a pleasant roundness on top of the aged dry butterscotch flavors.
In summary: Overall, rates two stars with a plus for its roundness on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
Original tasting and review, newer vintage : This is the 2008 vintage (one year newer), also sampled seven years from vintage date, in June, 2015. Light golden in the glass, showing a consistent nose of light, dry butterscotch, with perhaps a note of clean, dry hay and honey. Round on the palate, but with bright acids that embed the aged butterscotch into your cheeks. A touch tired, but substantial and still showing a certain liveliness. Three stars for this vintage.
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