Since I have so firmly placed myself into the world of Italian wine, I am often asked what I drink when I'm not at work. Being a lover of all wine, I imbibe in wines from all over the world. I believe it is of the utmost importance that I taste wines from all over so when a guest tells me they enjoy Malbec from Argentina or white Burgundy I can provide them with something they will like.
Shauna and I have been exploring the local restaurant scene of Williamsburg and have been very happy with what we have found. Last night we enjoyed dinner at Rye. A warm and welcoming spot that has a well structured bar and wine program along with some pretty great food. I was very intrigued by the white Burgundy that was represented on the list and decided to order a glass.....I was VERY impressed.
Wine: Bourgogne Blanc "Clos de La Combe"
Region: Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy - France
Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Fun Facts: The estate was established in 1859 and is run by the 5th generation in the heart of Puligny-Montrachet. The "Clos de La Combe" sits in the heart of Puligny surrounded by some of the world's most renowned vineyards.
Wine Making Notes: "Clos de la Combe" is very special. It is 4.1 acres in size and sits on clay and limestone at over 700 feet. The vines were planted in 1944, 1960 and 1990 with the first vintage of the wine being produced in 1950. The wine is fermented and aged in 228 liter oak barrels with 20% being new for up to 16 months.
Tasting Notes: Up until last night I had never heard or tasted a wine by Chartron, but the moment I brought the glass to my nose I knew I was in for a treat. Immediately I was a greeted by aromas of baked pears, apples, quince, vanilla, baking spices, chalk, white flowers and creme fresh. It was amazing that this "basic" wine packed such a punch. The palate was rich and full in body with crisp acidity to keep the palate clean and ready for the next bite of food. I will be buying a case of this wine ASAP!