A monthly review of an easily obtainable wine that’s had a recommendation somewhere in a National newspaper. Usually posted just before the usual monthly theme, this may be the latest post for only a few days….

This month, however, the December tasting will be the “festive” Call My Wine Bluff  Quiz. So there will be no Theme post this month, and you’ll have to wait (for about a week) for the next post, which will be the notes of the Quiz.

Chablis “La Réserve” 2013 (Blason de Bourgogne) – 13% – Sainsbury’s £13 (but on offer for £10)

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The wine has an obvious Chardonnay nose of citrus, some sweet floral – maybe fruit blossom – notes and a herby melon hint later. The palate is clean with quite warm broad citrus – lime? – acidity, a mineral slightly chalky but creamy texture and a warm long finish. With time and warmth the floral note on the nose broadens to give honeysuckle and even honey tinges and the palate broadens too to show buttery notes, a hint of woody herbaceous-ness rather than oak and a rather nice apple-skin fruit.

With food the depth and focus of the acidity becomes stronger and the wine shows advanced integration.

Rather interesting for a Supermarket Chardonnay but broader and richer than a typical Chablis focus. Made to be forward and drinkable I think, but rather successful at that unless you are looking for Chablis austerity and precision. Good.

Ratings:   Quality: 15.5/20          Value: 16/20        but at the reduced price  17/20

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