Domaine de Villaine has a commanding lead for Joe's 2007 "Winery of the Year" award: three for three, with high scores today, and previously for a white (1) and a red (2) - all at prices under $33 (tax in).
Brooklynguy is the host for tonight's Wine Blogging Wednesday, "Silver Burgundy". My selection is the 2005 Domaine de Villaine "Les Clous", a Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise made from Chardonnay grown in the Bouzeron appelation. A deep, deep, gold in the glass, and very aromatic - it started all floral - lavender - with a good dose of honey, apricot, fresh-picked ripe apples, butter and a hint of sweet cinnamon. Very elegant on the palate, perhaps thin while still cold, but very flavourul, crisp and minerally as it warmed. What can I say? Another great de Villaine outing. I usually refrain from shouting "Great Value!" over the $20 price point, but I can't help myself tonight.
cork. 12.5% alcohol
Price: $26 (SAQ)
From my tastings of de Villaine's Bouzeron wines, it is clear that serving them at refrigerator temperature is plain wrong - they open up and come alive over 10 Celsius. Do not overly chill these and you will be rewarded with flavourful wines revealing breathtaking bouquets.
I promised more Burgundy in 2007, so thanks to Neil for kicking my butt and hosting a Burgundy-focused evening. Check out his site for more Silver Burgundy reviews from other bloggers.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
2005 de Villaine "Les Clous" - WBW #39
Labels: Chardonnay, SAQ, White wine, Wine Blogging Wednesday
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sounds like another winner joe - thanks for participating. how would you rate this compared to the aligote you tasted from villaine a little while ago? thanks again - neil
Villaine sound like a solid producer. Who is the importer for this wine? I wonder if CA wine retailers share the same importer with their US counterparts.
"more Burgundy in 2007" - sounds expensive:)
Hi Neil, while I rated the two equally, I would say this - the Aligote was "wow" and "different", terribly interesting. The Chardonnay was refined and elegant, a more subtle wine. Both were better at warmer temperatures, and both seem to have ageing potential...
Hi Andrew - the Quebec government! Doubt the yanks would allow those suspicious Frenchmen from the north muscle in on the distribution. Please tell me if you can find it anywhere down there - it always sells out up here.
Hi Edward - it has been a VERY expensive year, let's hope Santa is good to me...
Wednesday is 'D' day Joe..or 'A' day..as in Aligote..I will be tasting it with two wine friends..................
Hi Barry, I can't wait to hear - not too cold, and let it air!
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