Brian’s Wine Wednesday: Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay | Lite Rock 105

Ardeche ChardonnayLots of pressure to review another white wine, so this week I picked a Chardonnay from one of the most innovative winemakers in France, Louis Latour. If the grapes for this were sourced from Burgundy, it would probably cost about $70 a bottle. Since the grapes were grown instead in the valley of the Ardèche River, you can pick up a bottle for $15 or less. As it goes in real estate, so it is with wine: Location, Location, Location! Consider this your chance to taste White Burgundy at a reasonable price.

This is a very crisp, and brightly acidic old-world white wine, aged in 100% stainless steel, no oak aging at all. It’s not what most of us think of when it comes to Chardonnay – this is not a sweet, heavy American Chard. It’s light, with really nice aromas of green apple, lime and pear, and the flavors are certainly tart and crisp, almost like a mineral water with lemon. You’re not going to taste much fruit unless you pair it with fish and chips, maybe a nice sausage, or pasta with a buttery sauce. Something with a little salt is going to make this really interesting and very refreshing.

3 CorksOn my five-cork scale based on taste and value, I give the 2014 Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay 3 corks.

It’s also on the wine list at Tavolo Wine Bar and Tuscan Grille, where our next private tasting party will be held on the 27th! If you’d like to go, click here to get on the guest list!

Brian Demay

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