When I saw the review on the 2016 Novellum Chardonnay, I nearly lost it! 92 points from the Wine Advocate, compared to Sonoma’s famed and very hard-to-get Aubert Chardonnay, and I can get it down to $9.99/bottle for you. SOLD! I’ve carried every vintage of this wine since the store opened, but the 2016 is really special. The talented Jean-Marc Lafage crafts this wine from 30 year old, organically cultivated vines — that’s old for Chardonnay! Run, don’t walk, to the store to get some of this. It’s the Chardonnay deal of the year, and you’re gonna’ love it.
2016 Novellum Chardonnay – On Sale Through Saturday, November 4th
Regular Price: $13.99/bottle
Sale Price: $9.99/bottle on your solid case — That’s over 25% off!!!
$11.19/bottle on your solid 6-pack — That’s 20% off!
Trust me, this is no one-hit-wonder. The 2015 scored 90 points, the 2014 scored 89 points, and the 2013 scored 92 points — all with the Wine Advocate. Importer Eric Solomon works with Team Lafage to make this wine, and it’s made in a unique fashion. Those old vines yield intensely flavored grapes, and the wine is fermented in stainless steel. After fermentation is complete, it is aged in tank (70%) and older French oak barrels (30%) on the lees of Viognier. The resulting wine is beautiful — rich, yet clean, and full bodied, but snappy.
Here’s the review from Jeb Dunnuck of the Wine Advocate: “A sensational wine that will compete with wines five times the price, the 2016 Novellum Chardonnay is the real deal and actually reminded me of a Chardonnay from Mark Aubert in California’s Sonoma County. White peach, crushed rocks, spice and brioche notes all emerge from this medium to full-bodied Chardonnay that has depth, layered texture and length. Buy it.”
FYI, good luck getting your hands on a bottle of Aubert Chardonnay. That’s one of Robert Parker’s favorite Chardonnay producers, and the entry-level wine fetches $100+. Buy this instead! Stop by this Saturday, October 7th any time between 2-5pm to taste this one along with a couple of others, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll put some aside for you. Cheers and happy drinking and eating in Asheville!