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Chardonnay

A lovely way to see in both Christmas and New Years. This is another example of Jacquesson’s 7– series showing its quality. Particularly evident …

The hit of Christmas – a lovely elegant yet deep, minerally yet with some fruit, savoury yet creamy. Very satisfying. I think the cool, …

A birthday present from Albion, so it seemed appropriate to kick off team drinks at my house with this. The 2007 showing its quality …

From the Cave of Delights, like Montus XL ’96. Initially not quite a harmonious whole, but on warming and extended aeration, came together well …

It took a long time (and several bottles) to get a proper tasting note down to accompany the label from bottle 1. Ultimately, this …

Given the comparative ripeness of the 2005 vintage, this is a bit of a lean, mean, minerally Puligny. Mid gold. Dry, smoky, ‘gunflint’, mineral-led …

This magnum was part of the Princess Wine Club portfolio, and opened for New Year’s Eve 2012 at Jack and Sarah’s. A classy blend …

A good show for how widespread quality reached in a quality year like 2009. A nice, ripe – yet refreshing, minerally – Chardonnay. Medium …

A slightly ‘hard’ streak of acidity takes this a little out-of-balance, which is a shame, for an otherwise pretty good wine. Pale gold. Medium …

So, finally, via Mr Ward’s inside track, I got hold of some 2003 Blanc de Blancs. And not only that, but in the spangly …