I got invited to a fun, low-key wine tasting this weekend hosted by long time friends in our neighborhood. The format was Old World vs. New World. The wines were fabulous, but enjoying the company of friends, old and new, was even better.
It was an enlightening evening for me. I’ve always considered myself more of a New World wine guy with a California leaning. But my favorite wines of the night were evenly split between New and Old.
Over the next few days I’ll be posting the ‘winners’ of this tasting. There really were no losers because all of the wines were excellent. I’m just giving my preference for each of the paired wines. First up – Chardonnay. Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis Premier Cru 2014 Montee de Tonnerre against Walter Hansel Chardonnay The North Slope Vineyard 2014.
The clear winner for me and, I believe, for most in the room as well was the Old World Chablis. This is an unoaked Chardonnay. Really pretty pale gold in color. The nose was floral, honeyed pear and minerals. Light fruit on the palate; apples and citrus. A somewhat dry, short finish. Got better and the flavors became more pronounced the closer it got to room temp.
Thoroughly enjoyable. This was even my wife’s favorite and she’s the oaky, Chardonnay girl. I give it 90 points IMHO.