By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.matrot.com/
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most well-versed with it comes to Burgundy wines but I can tell you that it was a “white Burgundy” that I had a few months ago that was not only the single-best bottle of wine I’ve ever had, it was a “life changer”.
It completely smashed any conceptions I may have had about how great a wine – much less, a “white” – could be. The levels of complexity were simply unmatched. Since that time, I’ve been on the hunt to not only start reviewing more wines from this famous French region but to also find some great values as well.
This $22 Chardonnay from Matrot knocked my socks off – for the money, it is the best bottle of Chardonnay I’ve had.
- Grape Variety: Chardonnay.
- Average age of the vines: 30 years.
- Pressing of the entire grapes in a pneumatic press.
- Indigenous yeasts.
- Fermentation for 8 to 10 weeks in oak barrels, 15 to 20% of which are new.
- Temperature control (18-20 °C).
- Maturing on lees for 11 months.
- “Bâtonnage” (stirring up of the lees) depending on the vintage.
- Complete malolactic fermentation.
- Bottling after one racking.
- Price: $22
Nose: Pineapple, marshmallow, oyster shell, pear, baking spice, apricot and hazelnut.
Taste: Quite easily the best Chardonnay under $25 I’ve ever had – stellar combination of fruit, mouthfeel and finish. This is a $22 white that in many ways “drinks like a red” in that it has a very “soft mouthfeel” that also has a good balance of acid and fruit. The finish lingers on quite well and begs to be paired with shellfish, alfredo sauce or even chowders.