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