2013 Novellum ChardonnayChardonnay from France
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WINE: "The Latin name 'Novellum' echoes 'Nouveau' ('new'), and the recent vintage suggests a wine that saw little delay between the vineyard and the bottle. The grapes experie...
- 92 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"More serious and layered, the 2013 VDP Cotes Catalanes Novellum is a crazy value that needs to be tasted to be believed. A custom cuvee by importer Eric Solomon and a blend of 100% Chardonnay that comes from two separate vineyards, this Cotes Catalanes is aged three months (on Viognier lees) in a combination of Burgundy barrels and stainless steel. Exotic and perfumed, with ample white peach, creme, brioche and subtle nuttiness, it flows onto the palate with a medium to full-bodied, layered and beautifully detailed texture that shows bright acidity and fantastic purity of fruit. An incredible effort that has both richness and freshness, it should continue to thrill for another handful of years."
"Located outside the town of Perpignan, Domaine Lafage is run by the talented Jean-Marc Lafage and covers a number of diverse vineyards spread through the Roussillon. These three cuvees are a joint venture between Jean-Marc and importer Eric Solomon. The all represent fabulous values that warrant attention." (02/14)
"The Latin name 'Novellum' echoes 'Nouveau' ('new'), and the recent vintage suggests a wine that saw little delay between the vineyard and the bottle. The grapes experience cold maceration with only first pressing. The majority of the wine, 70%, is aged in stainless steel. To achieve the perfect balance of fresh acidity, ripe fruit and a touch of minerality 30% of the wine is aged briefly for 2 months in one-year old barrels. But the real uniqueness in this wine comes from its aging method: it is aged on the 'lees' of previously fermented Viognier for three months, imparting a luscious floral character that's different from just about any Chardonnay you've tasted."
"Novellum is a custom cuvee of Chardonnay grown and made by Jean Marc and Eliane Lafage for Eric Solomon. Year after year, the Novellum Chardonnay is lauded for being one of the best Chardonnay values on the United States market. Because the wine is un-oaked, many restaurants have found it to be a terrific 'by the glass' Chardonnay which marries quite well with food. As one of Eric Solomon's first 'custom cuvees' (in a long line of successes), Novellum remains one of the most popular bottlings in the portfolio." -Importer
92 - Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Taste||apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla|
|Nose||apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla|