Wednesday, January 03, 2007

2005 Carmen Chardonnay

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.
Score: 15.5/20
Cost: an incredible C$9.95
Great Value!

(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.


Anonymous said...

Bang on about the value of the Carmen. Waitrose, one of our better supermarkets in the UK stock this and it is about the best value chardonnay I have come across. I even managed to pick up a bottle reduced for clearance today at £2.25!
It has good oak, buttery thickness leavened by acidity and fruit. -David

Joe said...

Hi David - 2.25 sounds like a great deal for this quality, I like to buy this wine for large get togethers