Burgundy has long been thought to produce the finest expressions of the Chardonnay grape. In Chablis you have your lean, minerally versions (of which I have reviewed some in previous posts) and then in Burgundy very generally the oak matured, classic examples (and I mean very, as there are plenty of nuances… vive le france, no?).
This wine is from the Cote de Beaune and as it is aged in oak and in contact with the lees (dead yeast cells) during maturation it is a rich, complex offering .
If you want a fruit bomb this is not it. Though the nose hints of pineapple, it is mostly full of honeyed pastry. The palate is dense with cereal and honeysuckle, and capped with a long hazelnut finish. I found it delicious if a bit tired after its first swirl.
The age of this wine allows these rich flavors to mature however also to morph and any pungent fruit characteristics were lost in the deal. I still love its character, however.