Christy Canterbury MW

Location: New York, NY

Master of Wine. Wine judge+public speaker. Journalist for Media+SOMM Journal+Civiltà del Bere+others. Short-listed for the 2014 Roederer Online Communicator of the Year Award. Incorrigible traveler!

Fave Chardonnays from the Côte Chalonnaise & Mâconnais from Spring 2014

I spent three beautiful spring days in May in the cellars of the Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais rather than in the sunshine. So it was the Chardonnays (and Pinot Noirs, of course) that brightened my days.

Here are my top 15 Chardonnay picks on from my twelve visits this spring.

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Domaine Guffens-Heynen Mâcon-Pierreclos Tri de Chavigne (2011)
Comments: Producer Jean-Marie Guffens-Heynen teases that if you divide the price by the seconds this wine finishes on the palate, it's a brilliant deal. There is definitely truth to that! This wine is still impressively pale with neon-green highlights in its core. It's packed with pit fruits: apricot, peach and roasted yellow plums. 93 pts
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2 Domaine Guffens-Heynen Pouilly-Fuissé Extremis (2012)
Comments: Jammed with floral and spice notes, this wine isn't short of personality! It's mouth-filling and hard to resist to the last drop. For New World wine drinkers looking to "convert" to the "source" of Burgundy, this is a great way to go. 93 pts
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3 Domaine Guffens-Heynen Pouilly-Fuissé Tris des Hauts des Vignes (2013)
Comments: This can be an economical wine in both cash and calories: you can spend hours smelling it without ever bothering to taste it. It is exotically spicy with a full rack of baking spices fortified by crispy piecrust notes. Hardly short on fruit, it is packed with ripe apples, pears and nectarines. 93 pts
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4 J. A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse les Menetrieres (2012)
Comments: This mid-slope vineyard faces directly east. It has a rather rich, yet well-drained, soil, that endows the wine with a nice split between structure and ripeness. There’s wild peach and plenty of apricot in this wine to make it rather gulpable. 92 pts
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5 Domaine Vincent Durueil-Janthial Rully Premier Cru Grésigny (2012)
Comments: This wine has an impressive oyster shell dimension that is evident not only in aromatic nuance but also in texture. Compared to the other wines from this house, there’s a bit less glycerine. Still, it is plenty succulent and doesn’t skimp on its finish. 93 pts
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6 Château de Fuissé Pouilly-Fuissé les Brulées (2012)
Comments: This powerhouse of a Pouilly-Fuissé was aged entirely in new oak. It’s a bit flamboyant, packed with boisterous fruit and unrelenting on the finish. To counter its dynamic palate, it shows a touch of tannin on the finish. 92 pts
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7 Château de Fuissé Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes (2012)
Comments: Planted in 1929, the current vintage of this wine was aged entirely in new oak and the wine can certainly handle it. Its generosity on the palate is reined in by a bit of nut pith tannins. It shows all the vibrant acidic restraint of 2012 without any requirement of caveats. 92 pts
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8 Domaine Guffens-Heynen Mâcon-Pierreclos Tri de Chavigne (2013)
Comments: This wine is so brightly clear and reflective that you almost need sunglasses to peer into it. It is most impressively in aromatic clarity, deep concentration and lingering finish. Barely in the bottle yet ready to please, this wine can nonetheless run for a good decade. 92 pts
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9 Lafon Vire-Clesse (2012)
Comments: If a Viré-Clessé can live over a decade and do it well, you’d better believe this will be the one. The chalkiness of this wine is startling yet invigorating. The wine exudes citrus peel, oyster shell, flint and almond skin. Despite all these lean elements, there’s a nicely juicy core to give the whole good balance. 92 pts
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10 Domaine Ja Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé Clos des Prouges (2012)
Comments: This is a white that demands some time. It’s impressively concentrated, so it’s still far from being exuberant in unleashing its full-fledged flavor. Not only is the spice-laced white fruit pristine-clean, it also finishes very long. 92 pts
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11 Domaine Ja Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé le Clos (2012)
Comments: Velvety, dense and concentrated, this bottling made from the plot behind the domaine is where the heart lies here. It showcases elegance and power with the ultimate signature of finesse. 92 pts.
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12 Domaine Ja Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé Tournant de Pouilly (2012)
Comments: This is a wine that benefits from some time. It’s neither easy nor is it tough, yet it is entirely obvious. This is partially due to the fact it is on a sheer limestone soil. Whatever the viticultural aspects, the wine is vinous yet robust and hence perplexingly compelling. 92 pts
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13 Domaine Vincent Durueil-Janthial Rully Premier Cru les Margotés (2012)
Comments: Planted in 1946, this calcareous vineyard throws off exotic fruits and plenty of glycerine. It doesn’t skimp on the finish and while it doesn’t, it throws in tons of spice. 92 pts
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