I picked this one up at the recommendation of the local product specialist. Like any rater you need to find a product specialist who’s taste is similar/in line with yours. With that said I decided to give this one a try in spite of the fact my research had said pass on it. Pale in color with a mild varietal chard nose along with some minerality. On the mid pallet the wine has some creamyness, and some mild vanilla. On the finish the wine displays some bright acidity on a lighter side of medium length finish. This is not a bad chard but frankly at this price I wouldn’t be jumping out to get more. I would give it an 88. Not fabulous, but not horrible either. Somewhat more of a cold climate style wine with minerality present. I paired it with a pan fried pickerel and even this mild fish overwhelmed this wine. I tried warming up the wine that didn’t change it much either. So all in all … yawn. This is all about the style not being what I look for in a chard.
From the LCBO web site:
FLEUR CHARDONNAY 2010 VINTAGES 311522 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 18.95
Made in: California, USA By: Fleur de California
Release Date: Jan 5, 2013
13.8% Alcohol/Vol. Sugar Content: 5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry
Ripely fruity yet nicely restrained, this Chard is brimming with tropical fruit, apple, cream and floral notes. Smooth, round and medium bodied with a ribbon of fresh acidity. Firm, dry finish. Pair with pork chops or crab legs. (VINTAGES panel, July 2012)