PE's Birthday. Pale green-gold colour. Beautiful nose of golden pear, white peach and nectarine, acacia, cashew and touches of honey. Medium weight palate with great length and drive. Remarkably fresh with some development of added complexity. A great Leeuwin chardonnay in perfect shape under cork.
Opened my last bottle today of this absolutely wonderful wine. Glad that it was perfect and sad that I have no more.
Perfectly balanced, the 2001 Art Series Chardonnay glows from the glass golden yellow. With ageing this wine has developed some nut overtones while retaining its delicious fruit character of lemon and pear. Luscious, harmonious and gorgeous in the glass, this is without a doubt one of the best Chardonnays I have ever tasted in my 25 years of serious tasting.
Wine tasting at Paul B's place (Cambridge, UK): Tasted double blind. Very different to the previous two wines, although also amber in colour. Truffles and some vanilla on the nose, very savoury, with a hint of honey. The palate is rather fullsome, almost tanniny, but still very dry. We could not guess this was a Chardonnay!
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