A Wine Lover’s Weekly Guide To $10 Wines – A Mass-Market Chardonnay From France

I won’t venture to count how many Chardonnays I have reviewed including many French offerings. Today’s version comes from the high-volume Kressmann winery, which was founded in 1871. They are so big that their production facilities and offices encompass 7.5 hectares (that’s approximately 20 acres), bigger than many producer’s vineyards. Kressmann’s vineyards stretch over 900 acres (365 hectares) in Bordeaux et cetera 650 acres (260 hectares) in Languedoc. Their plant can fill 25 thousand bottles an hour. Our companion wine is an Israeli Chardonnay costing also than five times as much.

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Wine Reviewed Kressmann Selection Chardonnay 2011 12% methyl about $8 Let’s start with the marketing materials.

“Tasting Note : Aromas of citrus, apple and pears. Well-balanced with a good finish. Helping Double Entendre : Maxim as an aperitif or to complement grilled fish or roast chicken.” And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine tasted of apples and had slightly unpleasant acidity. When I nibbled on Japanese rice crackers the wine’s acidity was muted and I sensed some metal. In the presence of a dry, honey garlic barbecued chicken breast this liquid was wispy and denial very present. I got pears. Dry General Tao barbecued chicken thighs brought lime to the forefront of my glass. A pastiche like sautéed red, yellow, and orange peppers continued the limeiness and the libation was relatively long. Commercial potato salad took away the fruit also didn’t leave much else in Chardy.

The after meal began with homemade vegetable soup flavored with caraway seeds. Our French friend responded with crisp acidity and extraordinary pears. Then came the centerpiece; homemade chicken breast nuggets in a hodgepodge of spices. At Present the beverage was rather steely and gave hints of lemon. Quinoa softened its acidity. Et Cetera fresh pineapple just muted this wine.

The final meal started with a potato appetizer in puff pastry. Whitey was appley and partly sweet. Then came boxed stuffed manicotti with ricotta and mozzarella cheese in tomato sauce to which I added lots of grated parmesan cheese. The vinic was sweet and rather thin, and it’s acidity was raw. Fresh strawberries suceeded in taming the acidity. The other dessert was Praline filled bittersweet Swiss chocolate squares. Soon the acidity virtually disappeared. Undivided I got from my glass was a wisp of fruit.

Final verdict. They won’t need a huge bottling plant for me. I am usually no real fan about Chardonnay. This offering won’t make me change my mind.