Some chards are really sensitive to temperature, and this is one of those. Out of the fridge it was too cold. The wine is slightly golden in color. On the nose are some mild chard varietal smells greeting you. When it was cold the wine was dominated by lemon and citrus. It reminded me more of a Sauv Blanc than a chard. As the wine warmed up the chard flavors started coming through. Slightly buttery, some nice oak coming through on a medium finish that built nicely in the mouth. The lemon and tartness totally disappeared. There’s some nice complexity and depth to the wine as well. This is a pretty good chard when served at the right temperature. I would give it an 88-89.
The price-quality balance in this flagship Gran Reserva tips well in your favour. Alluring aromas of green apple spiced white peach and toasty mineral notes are replayed as flavours on the palate. Its mid weight generously textured almost buttery with a well-balanced refreshing aftertaste of ripe tropical fruit lip-smacking citrus and a wisp of seamlessly integrated French oak. Pick up more than one. (Vic Harradine) New in Vintages (961276) $14.95 Rating 4.5/5
From the LCBO web site:
VIÑA CARMEN GRAN RESERVA CHARDONNAY 2008 VINTAGES 961276 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 14.95
Wine, White Wine 13.5% Alcohol/Vol. Sugar Content : D
Made in: Chile, Chile By: Vina Carmen
Release Date: Oct 30, 2010
The vines for this Reserve Chardonnay are a minimum of 25 years old, sourced strictly from Carmen’s estate vineyards in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The wine is aged in a 50/50 split of stainless steel and French and American barriques. All wines are given extended lees contact to give them an extra dimension. Look for tropical fruit, green apple, pear and mild toast aromas and flavours. This dry, fruity, fresh wine is a good choice for grilled fish or roast chicken.
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