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    Novellum Chardonnay 2011
    Chardonnay - Languedoc-Roussillon, France

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    • RP90
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 90 The Wine Advocate

    Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, France

    Varietal: Chardonnay

    Other Info: Green Wines

    Style: Light & Crisp

    Item no. 118626

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Year after year, the Novellum Chardonnay is lauded for being one of the best Chardonnay values on the United States market. Because the wine is un-oaked, many restaurants have found it to be a terrific "by the glass" Chardonnay which marries quite well with food.

    Critical Acclaim:

    The outstanding 2011 Novellum competes with some of the finest Macon-Villages wines one can find. It is made from 100% Chardonnay (from 25- to 30-year-old vines), aged three months in a combination of Burgundy barrels (30%) and stainless steel tanks (70%), and, somewhat innovatively, is aged on Viognier lees which gives it a honeysuckle and white peach-scented nose. There is also a salty sea breeze character reminiscent of the crushed oyster shell-like note my colleague David Schildknect often detects in Loire Valley whites. This crisp, fresh, medium-bodied Cotes Catalanes exhibits lots of earthy/terroir characteristics. Readers should think of it as a brisk, zesty, authoritatively flavored Chardonnay from the cool, alluvial soils on the banks of the Aigly River.

    90 Points
    The Wine Advocate
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    Erin Mugavero (3/17/2013)
    A gorgeous wine for the price! It is an unusual gem for being at once fruity, lush, viscous, and crisp all at once and in that order. It has the crispness to represent its region and yet voluptuousness to be mysterious as to its origin. A fun and sexy surprise of a wine. Highly recommended. It is a steal at this price and would be a contender with wines three and four times the price.
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    Omoshiroi (8/1/2013)
    for the buck - incredible, rich and layered.
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    Heidelbrock (11/20/2013)

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