Lots of pressure to review another white wine, so this week I picked a Chardonnay from one of the most innovative winemakers in France, Louis Latour. If the grapes for this were sourced from Burgundy, it would probably cost about $70 a bottle. Since the grapes were grown instead in the valley of the Ardèche River, you can pick up a bottle for $15 or less. As it goes in real estate, so it is with wine: Location, Location, Location! Consider this your chance to taste White Burgundy at a reasonable price.
This is a very crisp, and brightly acidic old-world white wine, aged in 100% stainless steel, no oak aging at all. It’s not what most of us think of when it comes to Chardonnay – this is not a sweet, heavy American Chard. It’s light, with really nice aromas of green apple, lime and pear, and the flavors are certainly tart and crisp, almost like a mineral water with lemon. You’re not going to taste much fruit unless you pair it with fish and chips, maybe a nice sausage, or pasta with a buttery sauce. Something with a little salt is going to make this really interesting and very refreshing.
On my five-cork scale based on taste and value, I give the 2014 Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay 3 corks.