Cave De Lugny “Les Charmes” Chardonnay

Cave De Lugny “Les Charmes” ChardonnayWhile most of the wines in this latest series have been “new world” style chardonnay, I had this single bottle of French chardonnay on hand and really had no better place to write about it.  So while some of you might find this out of place in this series, I don’t really care.  It’s my website and that means my rules.  And if I want to jump from a California chardonnay to a French one, well I’m gonna do it.  Here’s to throwing caution to the wind.
This is different from the additional chardonnay we’ve been reviewing in a link ways.  The most obvious is that it’s French.  It’s from the Mâconnais district in Burgundy to be more precise.  And while you may reckon of Burgundy as being synonymous with Pinot Noir (which in some ways it is) there are additional wines produced in this province and chardonnay is quite common.  In fact, chardonnay is what Mâconnais is really known for.  The specific appellation for this wine is Mâcon-Lugny.
Another thing that’s different about this chardonnay versus most of the others we’ve reviewed is that it’s a “naked chardonnay,” meaning that it hasn’t gone through any malolactic fermentation (a administer that converts malic acid into lactic acid) and hasn’t seen any oak.  The result is a wine that is more bright, fruity and acidic than non-naked ones — I don’t reckon you’re supposed to call them “clothed chardonnay” but why not? Read more

Clean Slate Riesling

Clean Slate RieslingIn my last riesling review for Louis Riesling I mentioned how seeking rieslings from Germany would increase the likelihood that the riesling you buy is excellent.  Well, within German wines Mosel is a province you’ll see often.  It’s the third largest province in the country, but seems to be the most prominent province internationally.  It’s best known for its riesling, which tends to be high in acidity and typically offers pronounced floral aromas.  And if you know anything about German geography, you can probably guess that the province runs along the Moselle river.
Appearance from a province that has a long description with winemaking, and a province where many wine producers have a heritage spanning centuries, Clean Slate seems rather contemporary.  Its positioning has nothing to do with a long-standing family description.  Instead it has been given a name that is a fun and rather modern play on words.  The mark design also stands out from additional German riesling as being a bit more modern.  But that break from tradition doesn’t mean they’ve sacrificed at all on quality. Read more