Beaujolais Villages Blanc 2010 "Chantemerle" Vincent Lacondemine Beaujeu Ref: 3332175
This is still the current vintage in 2012 of this classiest of Chardonnays (New allocation arriving August 2012)
This is one of those real finds - one which surprises in the sense that it is not at all what you expect from it. White Beaujolais, made from the Chardonnay grape, is a very pleasant wine if well chosen.
This one is just fabulous. Subtle and fascinating, the 2009 is nothing short of excellent, being made in the style of a moderately oaked white Burgundy from more northerly climes - perhaps a good Côte Chalonnaise white, with it's pale golden color, it's nose of vanilla and toasty oak, acacia, and honey, and it's quite bold and punchy palate, with a core of orchard fruits, and a weighty texture.
When we first listed this wine (2006 vintage), only a couple of small barrels were made, and I was allocated a miniscule quantity - all of which has long since gone. M.Lacondemine has increased production slightly - but it's still tiny.
Don't miss this wine, it's simply excellent.