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Pierre Janny Bourgogne Chardonnay “Echavon” 2007

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

This was the last case deal I got at Blanchard’s before moving out west. I think it was $77 for the case, which works out to about $6.50 a bottle. It’s a white Burgundy that, somewhat unusually for French wines, lists the varietal on the bottle (chardonnay, in this case).

I’d guess that the wine has spent some time in oak, but not a lot — it’s a fairly crisp wine, but with some richness and a medium yellow color that would indicate 6 months or so in the barrel. This is definitely not a California chardonnay; the flavors tend more toward kiwi and strawberry than the banana and vanilla you typically get from Napa. That said, it does have a touch of the buttery finish common to chardonnays and would never be confused for a sauvignon blanc. All in all, it’s a great chardonnay for those who don’t generally like the varietal, and rates a solid 89 points.

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