A wine tasting held at AEP - Associação Escanções Portugal(Portuguese sommelier association), conducted by the experienced Manuel Moreira, top Portuguese sommelier, wine advisor, educator and co-owner of restaurant G-Spot, which intended to explore the behaviour of the Chardonnay grape in different wine producing regions.
This tasting confirmed the chameleon character of this widely planted grape, that expresses itself in a myriad of ways depending on the natural conditions of a specific region and the winemaking options.
All tasting notes are my views on the wines and in no way express official opinions of Manuel Moreira. Wines were tasted in the following order:
Conclusions (15/20) - good quality, fresh fruit flavours well balanced by the marked acidity, racy but very one sided and asking for some more concentration of flavour. Ready to drink, not intended for ageing. Seems like a nice match for mussels.
Conclusions (16/20) - very good quality wine, good structure, a ripe tropical fruit character but balanced with refreshing acidity. Elegant creaminess, very smooth mouth-fell, an alluring wine that is ready to drink, in fact it is peeking.
Conclusions (14/20) - Fluid, massively fruity and appealing as a party, fun drink with a very competitive price tag. All matters concerned this manages to be a good wine, very technical therefore flawless but also lacking in character, kind of like an alcoholic pineapple juice. Ready to drink not intended for ageing whatsoever.
Conclusions (17/20) - very good quality here, an original wine with sense of place and personality. Very spacious and round mouth-feel, ripe fruit notes mellowed with mineral notes that render a complex ensemble. A wine for food but also for thought! It is ready to drink but its structure lends it room for improvement for the next couple of years.
Conclusions (16/20) - very good quality wine, fluid and supple, voluminous and round but fresh and vibrant, showing even a note of austerity which is welcome. Interesting blend of grapes, body and structure from Chardonnay spiked by Parellada with its crispy character. Pretty ready to drink right now.
Conclusions (16,75/20) - very good quality, broad but elegant. Creamy with lots of matter but with a nice freshness balancing out this ripe, full character and the oaky sweetness, which I hope gets better integrated along the way with some bottle age. So it is ready to drink but I think it will be better around 2014.
Conclusions (16,5/20) - very good quality, showing clear sense of place. Good volume and nice texture on the palate, vibrant and precise fruit aromas, slightly more creamier than most village Chablis but very fresh with mouthwatering acidity. Showing perfect drink ability right now, but with enough structure to endure a couple more years in bottle.
Conclusions (18/20) - Outstanding and curious wine with a particularly strong sense of origin, very delicate but super intricate, full of complex nuances that incite to keep smelling and tasting, totally contextualized in the Champagne terroir. A note of rustic austerity that lends it lots of character. Ends with a zesty freshness that sticks to your palate forever!