Thursday, April 19, 2012

Review: Macon Lugny “Les Charmes” 2010 Chardonnay, France

Les Charmes 2010 Chardonnay.

Charmed again.

It was a pleasure to visit the new vintage of this wine. Last year I enjoyed the estate grown 2009 “Les Charmes” Chardonnay by Cave de Lugny. With memories of the previous vintage still fresh in sensory memory, I was charmed once again by “Les Charmes” Chardonnay.

On the nose mineral, fig, ginger and wet stone. After 30 minutes, good aromatics with a rich almost floral aroma, similar to our local sagebrush (Rosacae Purshia Tridentata) in bloom, with cinnamon and rose petal. I enjoyed the crisp, mineral and stone fruit qualities of the Les Charmes. With a lively finish of mineral, stone fruit, river rock and cinnamon it hangs for a while and put a smile on my face. A balanced wine, refreshing and tasty.

My impression is that this wine has gone up a notch in quality. It is more versatile and elegant, overall it is more expressive than the 2009 vintage, very good. Put this wine on the menu. Recommended.

Suggested pairings: oysters on the half shell, steamed clams, sashimi, fried chicken, fried pork shops, summer evenings and good friends.

ABV: 13%
Closure: Screwcap.
Sample provided by Pasternak Wine Imports.
Price: $15 - $20

Cave de Lugny is a cooperative of 250+ wine-growing estates and 1,500 hectares in Burgundy-Maconnais. The single vineyard soil is characterized as chalky/limestone, the vines average age is 40 years old. The majority of this vineyard is planted to “Musk Chardonnay” a sub-category of the Chardonnay varietal (a clone).

Contact Pasternak Wine Imports for pricing and availability www.pasternakwine.com

Related posts: 

November 2011 #winechat Les Charmes Chardonnay 2009

Review: Les Charmes Single Vineyard Chardonnay Macon-Lugny, August 2011

Cheers!