The 2005 Carmen Chardonnay has nice aromas of green apple, lemon, toasted bread and almonds - smells like a fine Champagne! On the palate it is dry, crisp, with very fresh acidity and a very subtle use of oak. Very well balanced, this could be the "best value" chardonnay I have ever tasted. Enjoyed over two evenings, it was an excellent match for a ham and homemade fish 'n chips.
Cost: an incredible C$9.95
(Note to Quebec residents, this was the LCBO price, SAQ sells it for $12.30)
FYI - I actually bought a case of this wine for a charity event (leave it to me to donate wine for a fundraiser). I wasn't there, but my wife claims the attendees were raving over the wine. I should actually thank Malcolm Anderson of the Montreal Gazette who put me on to this wine about a year ago.