Full Review

Les Esperons

Les Esperons
2016 Chardonnay, Pays d’Oc IGP

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13% RS: .4%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$34

Les Esperons
2016 Chardonnay, Pays d’Oc IGP

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13% RS: .4%
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of butter poached apple, dried pineapple, and cantaloupe with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, breezy roasted and glazed nuts, caramelized delicata squash, and star anise finish with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A new world styled Chardonnay from France.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: butter poached apple, dried pineapple, and cantaloupe
Taste Flavor: roasted and glazed nuts, caramelized delicata squash, and star anise
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey Sandwich, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A new world styled Chardonnay from France.

The Producer

Borderac Crus & Vins

The Producer
27 Rue Durieu de Maisonneuve
Bordeaux, 33000
France
33 -556008494

Their Portfolio

95 Alea Ludendo 2013 Elba Aleatico Passito 13% (Italy) $147.00.
87 Azienda Agricola Fratelli Bonazzi 2014 Classico Superiore, Ripasso della Valpolicella DOC 14.5% (Italy) $65.00.
85 Azienda Agricola Fratelli Bonazzi 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 16% (Italy) $138.00.
90 Borgo Isolabella Della Croce 2016 Valdiserre, Moscato d’Asti DOCG 5.5% (Italy) $45.00.
86 Borgo Isolabella Della Croce 2013 Bricco del Falco, Pinot Nero, Piemonte DOC 13.5% (Italy) $142.00.
86 Ceste 2014 Barbera, Piemonte 13.5% (Italy) $36.00.
89 Chateau Arnaud 2014 St. Estèphe 13% (France) $66.00.
91 Chateau Bois de Rolland 2015 Vieilles Vignes, Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $29.00.
90 Chateau Calvimont 2015 Graves Blanc 12.5% (France) $42.00.
94 Chateau Calvimont 2015 Graves Rouge 12.5% (France) $44.00.
92 Chateau Chantelune 2015 Margaux 13.5% (France) $123.00.
90 Chateau Crusquet de Lagarcie 2011 Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $32.00.
92 Chateau Crusquet de Lagarcie 2012 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $31.00.
92 Chateau de Reynaud 2014 Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $29.00.
84 Chateau Desarnaud 2014 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $31.00.
88 Chateau du Bergey 2016 Cuvée Tradition, Fronsac 13.5% (France) $34.00.
91 Chateau du Moulin 2015 Haut-Médoc 13.5% (France) $80.00.
93 Chateau Ferran 2014 Les Cotes, Pessac-Léognan Rouge 13.5% (France) $80.00.
91 Chateau Gemeillan 2012 Médoc Cru Bourgeois 13% (France) $51.00.
92 Chateau Gemeillan 2014 Médoc Cru Bourgeois 13% (France) $52.00.
90 Chateau Gemeillan 2015 Médoc Cru Bourgeois 13.5% (France) $53.00.
87 Chateau Graves de Pez 2014 St. Estèphe 13% (France) $66.00.
84 Chateau Haut Bourcier 2012 Cuvée Romy, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13% (France) $27.00.
92 Chateau Haut Boutisse 2012 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 13.5% (France) $67.00.
93 Chateau Haut Boutisse 2015 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 13.5% (France) $75.00.
90 Chateau Haut de la Becade 2007 Pauillac 12.5% (France) $89.00.
89 Chateau La Graviere Grand Poujeaux 2012 Moulis-en-Médoc 13% (France) $71.00.
87 Chateau La Gregoire 2014 St. Emilion 12.5% (France) $49.00.
93 Chateau Lagrave Paran 2011 Cuvée Geraldine, Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $44.00.
88 Chateau Lagrave Paran 2012 Cuvée Geraldine, Bordeaux Supèrieur 13.5% (France) $45.00.
88 Chateau Lagrave Paran 2015 Coeur de Cuvée, Bordeaux Supèrieur 14% (France) $49.00.
89 Chateau Lalande Villeneuve 2014 Médoc 13% (France) $35.00.
86 Chateau Lamartine 2016 Merlot, Côtes de Bordeaux Castillon 13.5% (France) $37.00.
89 Chateau le Manoir 2014 Cuvee les Graves, Lalande de Pomerol 13% (France) $59.00.
89 Chateau le Manoir 2015 Cuvée Les Graves, Lalande de Pomerol 14% (France) $58.00.
91 Chateau les Anguilleys 2012 Cru Bourgeois, Médoc 13% (France) $49.00.
95 Chateau Les Vimieres 2014 Haut-Médoc 13.5% (France) $78.00.
90 Chateau Mille Roses 2012 Haut-Médoc 12.5% (France) $77.00.
92 Chateau Mille Roses 2011 Haut-Médoc 13% (France) $78.00.
96 Chateau Moulin de la Rose 2014 St. Julien 13.5% (France) $129.00.
94 Chateau Prieurs de la Commanderie 2014 Pomerol 13.5% (France) $123.00.
94 Chateau Segur de Cabanac 2014 St. Estèphe 13.5% (France) $102.00.
89 Chateau Segur de Cabanac 2015 St. Estèphe 13.5% (France) $99.45.
88 Chateau Tour du Moulin 2015 Cuvée Les Terres Rouges, Fronsac 14% (France) $45.00.
92 Clos Larcis 2014 Grand Cru, St. Emilion 13.5% (France) $143.00.
91 Dauprat 2015 Pauillac 13.5% (France) $86.00.
93 Domaine des Mimosas 2015 Lalande de Pomerol 13.5% (France) $50.00.
90 Domaine du Plantey 2015 Castillon, Côtes de Bordeaux 14% (France) $27.00.
90 Dominio de Taurum 2016 Tempranillo, Toro 14.5% (Spain) $34.00.
85 Les Esperons 2016 Chardonnay, Pays d’Oc IGP 13% (France) $34.00.
92 Monteversa 2016 Versavo Bianco, Veneto IGP 12.5% (Italy) $59.00.
89 Monteversa 2016 Animaversa, Chardonnay, Colli Euganei 13.5% (Italy) $78.00.
91 Monteversa 2016 Animaversa, Manzoni, Colli Euganei 13.5% (Italy) $78.00.
89 Monteversa 2016 Versacinto Rosso, Colli Euganei 13.5% (Italy) $60.00.
89 Monteversa 2016 Biodiversa Rosso, Veneto IGT 13% (Italy) $50.00.
93 Monteversa 2015 Animaversa Rosso, Colli Euganei 13.5% (Italy) $98.00.
94 Monteversa 2014 Rossodiversa, Colli Euganei 12% (Italy) $55.00.
87 Tenuta Ripalte 2015 Costa Toscana IGT 13% (Italy) $72.00.
94 Terre du Lion 2015 St. Julien 13.5% (France) $91.00.

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.