Before tasting, I knew this was an Aubert but did not know vintage or vineyard. Blown away to know that this was 15 years old. Was fresh and lively out of the gate but had great weight and balance. Was described by someone else as a white for the winter and I couldn't have said it better myself. I would not plan on drinking this over any length of time as it did fade a little with time.
this bottle was simply over the hill (admittedly i like my chard tense / young'ish), color was dried out lemon rind, nose had a touch of fruit but smoke and tropicals were dominant, palate had just a hint of tropical fruit but the varnish elements just capped the fruit and made this interesting but not that enjoyable, still there was the lingering richness you would expect from aubert ritchie so for fans i bet this is an adventure so maybe worth one bottle for the experience
This was a great bottle. For an 11 year old Chard this wine still has a lot of pep. The Pear, honey and tropical fruit with ample acidity was a perfect pairing for a seafood ragu (crayfish, shrimp, clams) in a green curry sauce that was memorable. Also held its own with a veal pasta secondi.
Chardonnay Shootout (Chez Hughes - Chicago IL): Blind Chardonnay tasting. Clearly Aubert from the first minute, with the great fruit and spice coming through from start to finish. I was amazed at its great balance, since my main problem with Aubert Chardonnay tends to be heat on finish. When unveiled as the (first vintage?) 2000 Ritchie, I remembered why this exact wine made me consider Mark Aubert a brilliant producer of Chardonnay. My WOTN, group's WOTN.
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