Light straw yellow. Nose has pear skin, chalk, hazelnut biscotti, light floral, and a little bit of lime zest mixed with ocean air. Bone dry, driving acidity with lime, grapefruit, strong minerality. Finish has some green mango. The combination of dryness and acidity hits you right after you take a sip- wham! But while the finish isn't short, it seems like there is maybe something missing midpallete after the initial rush.
Aged in chestnut barrels and 6 months on the lees. Est 1850, 4000 cs, this is a custom cuvée for Kermit...old vines, unfined, unfiltered. A little honied in the aromas., a touch pasty. Winterberry aromas, and the palate has mineral framing. Smooth on the palate and not so rusticity textured. Later that night, Red apple skin aromas. Cleaner and not as much of an odd ball as I've found this wine in the past. But still not for everyone.
This is dryer than any chardonnay, even Chablis. It's a wine most people would call an "aquired taste" and not a white for beginners. Great minerality and nicely balanced but seemed to be lacking some complexity for a wine at $23 plus. Alc 13.5% I'll try some more vintages as 2011 may not be the best intro. I do like it a lot better than any Muscadets I've had which this is closest to in style. They're equally dry and even more austere than this.
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