EP 614 Chardonnay tasting featuring Australia, California and France

Gary Vaynerchuk picks 3 Chardonnay wines to go head to head for a battle royal. Which of these 3 93 point scored Wine Spectator and Robert parker wines will win?

Wines tasted in this episode:

2005 Louis Latour Morgeots Chassagne MontrachetChassagne Montrachet
2006 Dehlinger Estate ChardonnaySonoma Chardonnay
2007 Shaw And Smith M3 ChardonnayAustralian Chardonnay

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Luca Bercelli

91/100

line of the day – it was going to be – ‘In its day this was the Cindy Lauper of Chardonnay’ but then along came ‘Mott, what if you go straight down on me’

Very good episode featuring good wines. Gary’s good mood is infectious…the more he enjoys himself, the more I enjoy myself.

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  • http://www.wineshopathome.com/kellygoff Kelly Goff

    Gary, I have to agree with Heather W, you were totally going to say baby girl! Awesome, you will make a GREAT girl dad. Having one of each, I can appreciate both sexes equally but there is something sweet about a girl and her dad!

    Good show and as for QOTD, I would not spend money on premium Chardonnay. If I were to buy something premium, it would not be a chardonnay.

  • http://www.wineshopathome.com/kellygoff Kelly Goff

    Gary, I have to agree with Heather W, you were totally going to say baby girl! Awesome, you will make a GREAT girl dad. Having one of each, I can appreciate both sexes equally but there is something sweet about a girl and her dad!

    Good show and as for QOTD, I would not spend money on premium Chardonnay. If I were to buy something premium, it would not be a chardonnay.

  • Brian Barrick

    For premium Chardonnay I generally look to Burgundy, where the best balance of acidity, minerality and just the right touch of oak can be found. The best one I’ve tried was a Puligny-Montrachet from Saint-Aubin.

    That said, I rarely come across any Chardonnay that I consider worth the premium price. California Chards are the most disappointing in this respect, though I did recently pick up some Pessagno Sleepy Hollow based on your recommendation.

    Good to hear that Australia made such a good showing in this category. I’ve been meaning to try some of these.

  • Brian Barrick

    For premium Chardonnay I generally look to Burgundy, where the best balance of acidity, minerality and just the right touch of oak can be found. The best one I’ve tried was a Puligny-Montrachet from Saint-Aubin.

    That said, I rarely come across any Chardonnay that I consider worth the premium price. California Chards are the most disappointing in this respect, though I did recently pick up some Pessagno Sleepy Hollow based on your recommendation.

    Good to hear that Australia made such a good showing in this category. I’ve been meaning to try some of these.

  • http://viti-culture.blogspot.com/ KMurph

    That’s funny you mentioned quince. I had it for the first time last week. It was interesting. Not as cool as persimmon, but neat.

    QOTD: As a CKC, I’ve never had an extremely expensive chard. Working on it.

  • http://viti-culture.blogspot.com KMurph

    That’s funny you mentioned quince. I had it for the first time last week. It was interesting. Not as cool as persimmon, but neat.

    QOTD: As a CKC, I’ve never had an extremely expensive chard. Working on it.

  • Devin M.

    QOTD: Leeuwin Artist series 1998 Margaret River.

  • Devin M.

    QOTD: Leeuwin Artist series 1998 Margaret River.

  • http://twitter.com/lordnouda Lord Nouda

    Mmh, I could do with some cheese, and Gary, I missed you doing the oak monster. Been a while if I’m not mistaken. BTW, how do you decide on the glass to use for an episode?

    qotd: cannot tell you what the last ‘really’ good one was. But the last one I remember (well added to corkd) that was okay was the Gallo 2007 Sycamore Canyon Chardonnay. The small blend with Gewürztraminer just did something interesting.

  • http://twitter.com/lordnouda Lord Nouda

    Mmh, I could do with some cheese, and Gary, I missed you doing the oak monster. Been a while if I’m not mistaken. BTW, how do you decide on the glass to use for an episode?

    qotd: cannot tell you what the last ‘really’ good one was. But the last one I remember (well added to corkd) that was okay was the Gallo 2007 Sycamore Canyon Chardonnay. The small blend with Gewürztraminer just did something interesting.

  • Sonia

    I NEED to get that Australian Chard… bad. It sounds great.
    QOTD: I think it was more the experience than the actual wine… it was an ’06 Rombauer last July. I was working over night and got home in the morning tired, but it was too hot to sleep… Popped that bottle and it was so cold and delicious. Had the ’07 a few weeks ago and did not like it.

  • Sonia

    I NEED to get that Australian Chard… bad. It sounds great.
    QOTD: I think it was more the experience than the actual wine… it was an ’06 Rombauer last July. I was working over night and got home in the morning tired, but it was too hot to sleep… Popped that bottle and it was so cold and delicious. Had the ’07 a few weeks ago and did not like it.

  • http://www.eatinghk.blogspot.com/ Andrew D

    Hey Gary

    Great show, have you had the Shaw and Smith Sauv Blanc or Shiraz, both good and I think you’d love the Shiraz. I’ve said it before in comments, but drinking Adelaide Hills wine (or Yarra Valley or Hunter or Mornington Peninsula or Grampians or King Valley or Claire or Coonawarra or Tasmanian or Margret River) is what you should be doing. “Try new things” – correct; get over the Barossa Shiraz and move and sample the great wines that Australia makes.

    QOTD: Defiantly Australia’s greatest Leeuwen Estate Art Series Chard :)

    Cheers
    Andrew

  • http://www.eatinghk.blogspot.com Andrew D

    Hey Gary

    Great show, have you had the Shaw and Smith Sauv Blanc or Shiraz, both good and I think you’d love the Shiraz. I’ve said it before in comments, but drinking Adelaide Hills wine (or Yarra Valley or Hunter or Mornington Peninsula or Grampians or King Valley or Claire or Coonawarra or Tasmanian or Margret River) is what you should be doing. “Try new things” – correct; get over the Barossa Shiraz and move and sample the great wines that Australia makes.

    QOTD: Defiantly Australia’s greatest Leeuwen Estate Art Series Chard :)

    Cheers
    Andrew

  • JayZee

    I’ve never been much of a Chardonnay fan, I must admit. I certainly haven’t had any Aussie Chard that I liked so I need to try the Shaw & Smith for sure.

    QOTD: Cakebread Chard was decent a few times when I’ve had it, but so far only Chablis has been the Chardonnay that I have really liked.

  • JayZee

    I’ve never been much of a Chardonnay fan, I must admit. I certainly haven’t had any Aussie Chard that I liked so I need to try the Shaw & Smith for sure.

    QOTD: Cakebread Chard was decent a few times when I’ve had it, but so far only Chablis has been the Chardonnay that I have really liked.

  • Jeff

    sorry this is late; great show; been loving on some austrialians lately!

    favorite is basically ANY premiere or grand cru CHABLIS from a good year (like 02/05/06) true CHA-BLISS!

  • Jeff

    sorry this is late; great show; been loving on some austrialians lately!

    favorite is basically ANY premiere or grand cru CHABLIS from a good year (like 02/05/06) true CHA-BLISS!

  • RobT

    QOTD: Gary Farrell, 2003 Cresta Ridge Vineyards

    Bingo.
    Not a huge Chard drinker… tend to like dry/acidic/minerally stuff (currently expanding french/austrian/aussie palate), but every now and then a bling’d out chard makes an impression. This is one. Beautiful wine. A Russian River chard, before Gary Farrell was purchased…

    Ps. Nice to see Dehlinger represent… How bout a show on Dehlinger Pinot…!
    (vs. Williams Selyem… Battle Royal…?)

  • RobT

    QOTD: Gary Farrell, 2003 Cresta Ridge Vineyards

    Bingo.
    Not a huge Chard drinker… tend to like dry/acidic/minerally stuff (currently expanding french/austrian/aussie palate), but every now and then a bling’d out chard makes an impression. This is one. Beautiful wine. A Russian River chard, before Gary Farrell was purchased…

    Ps. Nice to see Dehlinger represent… How bout a show on Dehlinger Pinot…!
    (vs. Williams Selyem… Battle Royal…?)

  • richardvinifera

    QOTD: Frederic Magnien 2007 Bourgogne AOC.

  • richardvinifera

    QOTD: Frederic Magnien 2007 Bourgogne AOC.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/W7EMJLGMF3PYD3A273TYMEFIS4 Douglas

    I have never shot chardonnay from the bottle. Where is the Captain crunch?
    LOVE IT!

  • chris

    Buttered Popcorn is a result of malolactic fermentation and not oak.

  • John__J

    qotd: I like Au Bon Climat a lot

  • Anonymous

    Have not had these Chards.. QOTD-Kongsgaard http://www.winelx.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=630276710 Luca Bercelli

    91/100

    line of the day – it was going to be – ‘In its day this was the Cindy Lauper of Chardonnay’ but then along came ‘Mott, what if you go straight down on me’

    Very good episode featuring good wines. Gary’s good mood is infectious…the more he enjoys himself, the more I enjoy myself.

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