Forget Chile or Brazil, the real cheap wine onslaught is going to come from a more traditional sources – such as the south of France.
This cleverly packaged Chardonnay is a perfect example of what is to come – a mealy, roughly hewn white with a nice hessian and woodwool oak chips, backed up by a palate that surprises in its careful richness and weight. Acidity is clumsy with no finesse, but very well made.
Not terrible. Not great and I wouldn’t personally drink it. But really not terrible…
Tasted: December 2013
Score: 14.5/20, 80/100
Would I buy it? No, but plenty would (and enjoy it).