Bourgogne Chardonnay, Domaine Decelle-Villa 2014

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Bourgogne Chardonnay, Domaine Decelle-Villa 2014

from 19.95

A Burgundy domaine’s Bourgogne Blanc is their calling-card and should be like an Indian restaurant’s poppadum. Not in flavour, of course, but in the way that it should make an early statement about the intent and the care that goes into every aspect of what they produce. If you get a stale poppadum, it usually follows that the food isn’t great either. This is one fantastic poppadum!

It goes without saying that, as wine professionals, when we taste wines, we use the spittoons provided in order to avoid inebriation. Reader, I swallowed it. It’s a stunning wine, so intense, so tangy, with that wonderful quartz-like mineral sharpness that the great Burgundies express like a birthright. The fruit glistens on the palate, with a shimmering purity that you only find in cool climate Chardonnays. The incisive citrus flavours are counterpoised by fruits with a sweeter nectar, like peach and apricot, laced with notes of brioche, hazelnut and crème fraiche. Put this in a line-up of Puligny-Montrachets and not only would it not look out of place, it would put a few to shame. A beautiful white Burgundy that is ready to drink, but will keep for at least 5 years. All hand-picked fruit. No battonage. Natural yeasts. 12 months in oak, of which 25% was new. 13% alc. Drink now-2021.

Press reviews:

Jancis (Tamlyn Currin): "Green-melon aroma with very light toast. Mouth-filling silkiness, clotted cream at the heart, crisp citrus bringing definition and line. Glittering sharpness and just a burnish of toast. Real depth for a humble bourgogne. Drink 2017-2021." 16.5 points

Customer comments:

"My head is almost permanently bent back at a right angle to speed consumption of this. I drew the line at using a funnel. Whilst in company." Mr. S.H.

"We all loved the new white Burgundy. Can I order 24 bottles?" - Mr. I.W.

"I just wanted to let you know that we drank the first of the Decelle-Villa at the weekend. It's everything you said about it - a really staggering wine. Depth of flavour, body and freshness - all at the same time. Beautifully balanced." - Mr R.A.

"You know that Bourgogne Blanc I bought? Have you got any left? We've just opened the first one... OMG Delicious!!! To find a Chardonnay that my wife really likes is a major triumph." - Mr. C.F.

"This Decelle-Villa is outrageously good. Can I have another 12?" - Mr N.R.

"Cracked it open on the weekend and loved it!" - Mr. B.A.

"It was excellent. I look forward to another 12." - Mr. J.G.

"The Burgundy went down a storm so thank you!" - Mr. M.C.

"Lovely wine! Thank you." - Mr. R.G.

"It's such a fantastic find. What a steal at £19.95!" - Mr. N.R.

"I loved the Bourgogne Chardonnay that you recommended recently. Do you have any left? I would like to add another case to my next order if possible." - Mr. M.P.

"My wife was hugely pleased by the Bourgogne Chardonnay, despite not liking Chardonnay. If you had another, full case, I will be happy to take it off you. Unlike me, she has a marvellous palate." - Mr. T.D.

"It was very nice indeed! Looking forward to the next bottle." - Mr. D.N.

"Delicious."  - Mr. L.Z.

"I love the Decelle-Villa." - Mr. J.G.

"The wine lives up to your description - excellent."  - Mr. D.B.

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