J. de Telmont Insolite Chardonnay 2005 Coteaux Champenois
Tasted May 2012
Appearance - clear with a beautifully bright medium plus lemon colour. Watery rim and very few visible tears.
Nose - clear, surprisingly youthful aromas of medium intensity resembling fresh stone fruits, mainly apricot, some citrus notes of grapefruit, chalky minerality and slightly smoky, fresh mushrooms and a herbal undertone of fresh cut herbs reminding rosemary and dill.
Palate - bone dry, high in acidity but not imposing, medium alcohol level and body. Flavours are of medium plus intensity with some lime citrus fruit, fresh apricots, once again intensely mineral with chalky and smoky notes, very saline and with dried flowers hints. A very long length with delicate notes of white pepper.
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!