My taste in Chardonnay has certainly changed over the years. I used to drink and enjoy a fresh, crisp Chardonnay, and moving to Australia, I initially almost exclusively favored the Chardonnays from Margaret River (such as the Leeuwinn Estate Art Series and Pierro). However, after trying some of the Hunter Valley Chardonnays I was amazed at how good they were and right in my own backyard! The Two Rivers Chardonnay from the Upper Hunter is one of the best valued Chardonnays you can find. Tamburlaine makes a very nice organic Chardonnay, but it is really the aged Chardonnays from Tyrrells and Waverley Estate that I find the most amazing. Among the very best are the Tyrrell’s 2006 Vat 47 (and almost any other vintage of the Vat 47!) and the 2000 Waverley Estate Chardonnay.
But then about 3 years ago, I had my first Montrachet and have never looked (or snifted) back! It was a bottle of the 2007 La Belle Voisine Chassagne Montrachet and I picked up 18 bottles at $140 per bottle. It is quite easy to spend $1,000 for a bottle of Montrachet if you have both the money and the inclination. I don’t! However with the 2007 La Belle Voisine as the standard, I have tried a few Puligny Montrachets for about $75 per bottle and have been disappointed. Then while in the US last year, we bought a bottle of the 2008 Bouchard Peres & Fils Puligny Montrachet Grand Vin De Bourgogne. It was tremendous!
When we returned to Australia, I checked to see if we could get some of this great wine here, but found out we needed to order it from France, and there was no more 2008 to be had. However, since 2009 was. by all claims. a better vintage anyway in Puligny, we took a chance and bought a dozen for $75 per bottle. This bet paid off and the 2009 was even better than the 2008. And the other reason this bet paid off is that a year later, the bottle is selling for about $175!
This wine is rich and complexity with a bit of acid and sharpness to it balanced by the flavor of sweet honey. This is a truly outstanding wine! I expect this wine can cellar for another 3 – 5 years, but I will not find out as I do not have the discipline to let it sit that long! I am on my second bottle and will drink my third bottle a week from now when we have a reunion of my great project team from a previous assignment. But tonight we are finishing off the wine with some leftover beef strogonof.
And of course as you can see from the picture, this wine will be truly enjoyed in my Riedel Montrachet glass!