Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Maison Nicolas Chardonnay 2010

CWT sez: Oak is for deers, not people.
I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this before, but Chardonnay is not generally my white of choice because I'm not a fan of oak. Or rather, I'm not a fan of being slapped in the mouth by a Chardonnay that makes you feel like you're chewing on a tree.
However my opinion of Chardonnay has been challenged recently by my realization that not all Chards are oaked until they are a crusty brown in color and that is all you can taste. Since starting the CWT blog I have found not one, but two Chards that I actually really enjoy, and I'll have one of them open for you at PWC this Thursday: Maison Nicolas.

I like taking pictures of things
in front of my microwave.
What I like most about the Nicolas Chard shouldn't much surprise you: it's not oak-y. It's fermented in stainless steel vats, then aged six months in barrels. This process is evident when you look at the wine as well as when you taste it: It's light in color, though a bit less green than some whites that are aged in steel. And, there is only a small amount oak in the flavor-- in fact I'm not 100% sure it's even oak I'm tasting. It's a little like toast at first and then that hint is completely overwhelmed by refreshing citrus flavors. Both the scent and the flavor are light and refreshing as well as fleeting. This wine won't overload your senses, so it's great with a light meal.

That's right I said "with my lunch."
I have the day off, okay?
In fact, this wine was perfect for today because the weather is totally cooperating. It's cool and a little rainy. There's just that hint of fall in the air and while it's no longer hot out, it's not precisely cold either. It's REFRESHING outside! The Nicolas Chardonnay went very well with my lunch of a grilled chicken sandwich with Munster and BBQ sauce, Saratoga chips, and that light autumnal breeze drifting through my living room window...ahhh... I drank it slightly chilled, but it is definitely still good at room temperature, it will just lose some of its crispness. Which is no biggie.

Price: $

Rating: B+


  1. Great review! I'm having this at a wine dinner next month. Glad to hear that someone likes it.

  2. Great review! I'm having this at a wine dinner next month. Glad to hear that someone likes it.