The 2017 La Noble Chardonnay is one of the great, un-oaked Chardonnay values in the world. For over 20 years, importer Dan Kravitz of Hand Picked Selections has been crafting this wine. And for over 20 years, it has delighted palates near and far. From the sun drenched vineyards of Southern France, it is fresh, bright, crisp and invigorating. Jeb Dunnuck described it as “terrific as well as a smoking value.” I’m not one to argue with that assessment.
2017 La Noble Chardonnay
90 points Jeb Dunnuck
UNOAKED CHARDONNAY THAT WILL BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY!!
Jeb Dunnuck calls this “a medium-bodied, clean, deliciously balanced, pure Chardonnay that over-delivers” with notes of “stone fruits, buttered citrus, white flowers and a hint of salty minerality.” Sure, that will do. But I’ll add a few of my own notes. There’s body, weight, and complexity here — despite being clean and fresh, this is substantial white wine. Far from being mundane and/or one-dimensional, there’s complex mineral and spice notes underneath the forward fruit. Calling to mind wines like Novellum and Milou, this might be even better than those two.
My oh my, Dan Kravitz knows how to find value. He’s the same importer behind the wines of Cabirau, Pegau, and Penya, and these are all wines/brands that you have grown to love. La Noble is a new arrival to Table Wine, and it’s Dan’s personal project with grapes coming from the clay, limestone, and gravel soils of Limoux and Puilacher in warm and sunny Southern France. After harvesting the grapes at night, fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks and malolactic is blocked. After that, it’s aged “sur lie” a bit before bottling. This no muss-no fuss winemaking methodology has worked well for Mr. Kravitz for a long time, and I suspect it will continue to return great rewards.
I’m going to keep this write-up short and sweet and let the wine do the talkin’. This one is in-house and ready for pickup. To get the sale price, you’ve got to pay for and pick up your wine no later than March 30th. Stop by and pick some up or use the contact form below to email me your order. Until we meet again, cheers to happy eating and drinking in Asheville!
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