Laurent Miquel Pere Et Fils Chardonnay 2019 (Chuck’s Take)

At a Glance
Overall pomello, pineapple, mineral, lemon
Notes on aroma alone you’d never guess chardonnay, but it does reveal itself in the finish. Unoaked is the only chardonnay that makes it in the cart for me. Overall a great mix-up from my usual riesling and sauvignon blanc whites

 

But what did Sean think?

Sweetness extra dry – 3g/L
Price $13.05
LCBO# 157909
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Sandbanks Shoreline White 2013

Not a bad wine overall but could use a little more structure for the price.  Seems flat and uninteresting which could be attributed to the fact that it is a blended wine.
 
At a Glance
Taste lemon, mineral, floral
Smell lemon, lime, peach
Food sipper
Sweetness dry
Price $14.95
LCBO# 177485
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Trius Chardonnay 2013

The description on the bottle is fairly accurate but this wine is one of those wines where the aroma is very different from the flavour.  It smells more like a riesling/sauv blanc than a chardonnay, but the flavour and mouthfeel is mistakenly a chard.
VQA wine.  Cool fermented on lees (sur lie).  Alcohol/Vol 13%
At a Glance
Taste melon, oak, vanilla
Smell pineapple, mineral, lime
Food sipper
Sweetness dry
Price $13.95
LCBO# 497248
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Inniskillin Unoaked Chardonnay 2012

This unoaked chardonnay is quite crisp and not at all buttery.  The lemon and citrus are sharp and would go well with a fatty seafood or fish dish. 
One of the better wines we’ve seen from Inniskillin (not a favourite around here).  I think this wine is weighing in a bit too heavy at 13.5% Alcohol/Vol.
 
At a Glance
Taste lemon, mineral, green apple
Smell lemon, grapefruit, mineral
Food fish
Sweetness dry
Price $11.95
LCBO# 66266
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Inniskillin Unoaked Chardonnay 2009

I found this wine to not be as vibrant as the label claims.  Felt it was heavy and flat.
Chill very well
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste apple, pear, floral
Smell peach, apple, mineral
Food seafood
Sweetness dry
Price $12.95
LCBO# 66266
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McWilliam’s Chardonnay 2009

If you’re a chardonnay fan and like them on the dry side, this bottle will suit your style.
Finish on day of opening
Tip: tulip glass
At a Glance
Taste citrus, oak
Smell lemon, floral
Food fish
Sweetness extra dry
Price $13.95
LCBO# 557934
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Rosehall Run Chardonnay Cuvée County 2007

This crisp, fruit forward chardonnay from Prince Edward County is a good choice for a Sunday lunch
Varietal Composition: 59% Chardonnay; 41% Chardonnay Musqué
Release Date: March 1, 2009
At a Glance
Taste golden apple, floral, light oak
Smell white grapefruit, golden apple, pear
Food fish, salad, goat cheese
Sweetness dry
Price $17.95
LCBO# 132928
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Gray Fox Chardonnay 2007

This vintage has layers of great flavours and aromas, it’s priced well and is readily available.
People who are weary of the heavily oaked, buttery and spiced chardonnays don’t have to tread lightly here, this bottle is nothing of the kind. Drink up.
Tip: balloon glass
At a Glance
Taste apple, citrus, mineral
Smell golden apple, lime, grapefruit
Food roast chicken, pork chops
Sweetness dry
Price $7.95
LCBO# 614271
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Spinelli Chardonnay Terre di Chieti

So far, Spinelli wines have offered good value for their almost unbeatable prices (by LCBO standards anyways). Here we have an unoaked chardonnay that is crisp and acidic. If you like chardonnay but find it too heavy, give this Italian a try as it doesn’t show any hints of oak, butter or vanilla – tell-tale signs that your wine is drowning in wood.
Sean mentioned that this vintage reminded him of the hard cider named Strongbow. I guess my taste and aroma notes are right on.
Tip: balloon glass
At a Glance
Taste apple, lime, citrus
Smell pear, golden apple
Food antipasto
Sweetness dry
Price $6.95
LCBO# 474239
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Rosehall Run Chardonnay 2006

Rosehall made a juice run from Prince Edward County to Niagara to source half of it’s juice for this nicely straw colored, dry, acidic chardonnay.
Tip: balloon glass
At a Glance
Taste ripe apple, pear
Smell toasted oak, butterscotch
Food grilled tuna
Sweetness dry
Price $11.75
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Vina Carmen Chardonnay 2006

While many Chardonnays can be really overpowered by oak in the form of vanilla and butter this wine is well balanced and crisp. The finish has a great mild acidity that leaves behind a slight citrus note.
This certainly isn’t a fruit salad, but you will notice the apples and pears. A very easy drinking Chardonnay, and for the price a good deal. Very refreshing.
Tip: chill well
At a Glance
Taste green apple, pear, tropical fruit
Smell pear, honeysuckle
Food baked chicken with mushroom sauce
Sweetness
Price $9.90
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Hillebrand Trius Unoaked Chardonnay 2006

Having been aged in stainless steel tanks rather than oak barrels gives this chard a crisp, clean, citrus edge that you won’t find in the oaked version
So what’s the hype about ‘un-oaked’ chardonnay? Well the difference is only in where the wine aged, but the result is leaps and bounds, especially in North America. Chardonnay (especially in North America) has a bad reputation for being over oaked, producing a strong vanilla flavour and a heavy mouth-feel. This style is obviously to many people’s likings but to others it’s just overkill. Choosing stainless steel vats over oak barrels for chardonnay could trick you into thinking your enjoying a crisp Riesling if your not careful 🙂
Tip: balloon glass
At a Glance
Taste citrus, apricot
Smell apple, melon
Food tilapia
Sweetness off dry
Price $13.95
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Yellow Tail Chardonnay 2006

This is my second yellow tail review and I’ve noticed something similar, these wines don’t follow the typical varietal characteristics at all. Both the merlot and this chardonnay tasted too sweet and over manipulated.
It’s not a big surprise to me, they say it on the label ‘the nose leaps from the glass and displays a peachy, vanilla and coconut aroma’. The first two are fine, I can deal with them. But the coconut triggers something in me that says “don’t drink suntan lotion”
Tip: balloon glass
At a Glance
Taste coconut, apple, vanilla
Smell coconut, butterscotch
Food seafood
Sweetness off dry
Price $11.20
LCBO# 627802
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Mount Riley Chardonnay 2005

My second chardonnay review from Marlborough, New Zealand ( first was Oyster Bay ) and already I’ve found a common bond, a high price tag.
This wine was quite nice and had nothing at all wrong with it, but it certainly lost points in the value area. Chardonnay is not a tough wine to make and there is plenty of it, and the majority under $18.90. You have to dress to impress to charge that much in this category.
Tip: balloon glass
At a Glance
Taste pineapple, passion fruit
Smell melon, vanilla, butterscotch
Food chicken with mushroom sauce
Sweetness off dry
Price $18.90
LCBO# 32318
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