Chardonnay is often referred to as a “neutral” variety, meaning that it does not possess the signature aromatic compounds that make a glass of Riesling, Viognier, or Sauvignon Blanc unmistakable from across the room. On the contrary, its intrinsic aromas are relatively discreet, leaving more space for nuances in aroma, flavor, and texture based on where it was grown and how it was vinified and raised. In Burgundy, where Chardonnay reigns, the variations in terroir components such as latitude, soil composition, aspect, slope, elevation, and countless other natural factors yield limitless possibilities for this noble grape. It is almost hard to believe that a steely Chablis, with its laser-like acidity and suggestions of crushed seashells, shares so much in common with a lush, buttery, almost tropical Saint-Véran, grown roughly one hundred miles to the south. And that is without even venturing into the Côte de Beaune, where villages like Meursault produce Chardonnays of dazzling finesse, flaunting a magical combination of nutty, creamy, and stony elements that linger endlessly on the palate, bestowing unparalleled euphoria to a lucky taster. Without a doubt the ultimate region for growing Chardonnay, Burgundy has something for everybody. Its unequaled whites come in all styles and price points: from brisk weeknight quaffers to illustrious crus destined for a long stint in your cellar, these Chardonnays are anything but neutral.
This week, I asked each member of the retail staff for their go-to holiday wine—their personal recommendation for their own holiday table and yours—and we put together this collection. Use coupon code STAFF2018 to save 20%, now through the end of the month.
Eschew the common temptations of holiday sweets and consider something less conventional—our stunning selection of dessert wines from France and Italy. We have some classics available now: Sauternes, Beaumes-de-Venise, and Vouvray. But don’t miss Banyuls, Rivesaltes, or the aromatic wonder that is Barolo Chinato.
Here at Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant we don’t believe in selling anything mediocre, and we would certainly not put our name on a wine we didn’t believe in. So our values are just that, wines that are full of value and quality.
There are hundreds of wines in our portfolio, but not nearly enough space in our monthly newsletters to feature them all. Here you’ll find recent arrivals and new additions to our site, from half-bottles to Jeroboams, across France and Italy.
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