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- Flamefighter - 02-20-2006 11:37 PM

Hello all.

Like many I am new to this board and fairly new to the world of wine. Although I have drunk wine for many years I never really liked it too much. I guess as one ages ones taste change or hopefully, refine.

My wife and I have never enjoyed chardonnay very much because it is too oakey. But we recently had a couple bottles of Cottonwood chard and found it excellent. It had what a wine advisor said was true fruit flavor rather than the buttery oak flavor that is so common in most chards we have tried.

My questions is, does anyone know any chard’s that are not oakey and are reasonably priced? The Cottonwood was about $35.00.


- Kcwhippet - 02-21-2006 05:56 AM

Welcome to the Board, FF. Here are two - Toad Hollow Chardonnay and from New Zealand, Kim Crawford Unoaked Chardonnay. Both were fermented in stainless steel and see no oak at all, and both are in the $12 to $15 range.


- Innkeeper - 02-21-2006 08:10 AM

You can also look for Chardonnays from the Southern Burgundy district of Macon. These include Macon-Villages, Macon-Lugny, St Veran, and others. Until to get to their most expensive ones, Puilly-Fuisse, they are pretty much oak and butter free.


- Flamefighter - 02-21-2006 07:51 PM

Thank you. I will try your recommendations. I have little experience with French wines, which I assume is what you are recommending as from the Macon-Villages, Macon-Lugny, St Veran, regions. We have had a few Beaujolais and a few Bordeaux that we really liked. We have mostly concentrated on California wines, partly because we live here and they are so available but also because we fine we really like them.

However, I have had some very good Australian wines that are reasonably priced. These have all been reds so far, as we are just getting into whites with Pinot Grigio being my wife’s favorite so far.


- barnesy - 02-21-2006 10:15 PM

I posted on a Vincent Girardin Rully 1er Cru Les Clous that was about $20 bucks. It would be right up your ally. This is a French white Burgundy by the way, a chardonnay. If you put in 100 days on the time perameter of the post listing, you should be able to find the posting.

Barnesy