The Best Chardonnay Values Right Now (from $12.95)

July 22, 2015 Uncategorized  No comments

Summer is white wine season and the best Chardonnay values are coming from France – you know, the people who put Chardonnay on the map!  The Burgundy region of France produces some of the most collectible whites in the world, but if you know where to look, there are great values as well. Burgundy’s Mâcon region and neighboring  Pouilly Fuissé are where I look for values and there are none better than two wines from Marie-Pierre Manciat.

marie-pierre-manciat-macon-les-morizottes_LRGThe 2012 Les Morizottes is from a 25 year old vineyard and is one heck of a $13 wine.  It already has going on three years of age on it and has a crisp mouthfeel and great length.  It received 89 points from the Wine Advocate with the following rating:

“The 2012 Macon Morizottes is a little delight. The bouquet is very attractive: fresh pear and touches of grapefruit and fresh melon at first, then later spicier scents emerge and add another layer of complexity. The palate is well-balanced, with plenty of citrus fruit, fresh apples and melon. There is impressive weight here and perhaps the precision is just taken down a couple of notches by warmth on the finish. Otherwise, this Macon Morizottes is packed full of flavor and should give drinking pleasure over the next 4 to 5 years.”

 

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The 2012 Pouilly Fuissé les Petites Bruyeres is even better on all fronts and at $20 has to be one of the best white wine values in the world.  It has all the hallmarks of a good white Burgundy – a flinty, mineral palate accented by notes of pear and green apple.  This is a wine that I expect to age for 7-8 years easily.  This wine was rated 91 points by the Wine Advocate:

“The 2012 Pouilly Fuissé les Petites Bruyeres comes from 30-year-old vines, fermented in both barrel and stainless steel where the wine matures for 11 months. It has a pretty bouquet with scents of lemon peel, freshly cut pear, nettle and limestone. The palate is fresh and vibrant with crisp acidity, fine tension with a tightly wound, minerally finish that suggests two or three years in bottle will be required. This is an austere, but classy, Pouilly-Fuisse and I suspect it will age extremely well. This comes highly recommended.”

You can’t go wrong with either of these wines.  A split case, might even get you through summer!

Buy Here: 2012 Marie-Pierre Manciat Macon Les Morizottes $12.95

Buy Here:  2012 Marie-Pierre Manciat Pouilly Fuissé les Petites Bruyeres $19.95

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