The high street edit…. Morrisons

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

It’s not only red wines that should be given time to breathe, patience can be a virtue for white wines too. Take the Catena Alta Chardonnay 2009 for example. What appeared, on first opening, to be a rather shy and otherwise standard issue Chardonnay from Argentina, 24 hours later had blossomed into a wine of another level. Sicilan lemons, marmalade, citrusy biscuits and marshamallow characters were revealed, I finally started to feel a little curious, there was a chance I could love it! And at £16.99 I should hope so too. It might not be all white on the first night, but it certainly will be by the second!.
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In a battle of Chardonnay’s though I’d normally take classic French over any other and as the home of Chardonnay Burgundy should win each time; in fact Chablis has just been named the best unoaked Chardonnay in the world and I’d probably have to agree. But the rest of Burgundy can be a bit of a gamble and finding a decent white that tastes as fair as it is priced can be a mine field and unfortunately Morrisons’ Montagny 1er Cru is a case in point; if a wine can be beige, this is it.

 

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Catena Alta Chardonnay 2009, £16.99, Morrisons Cellar.

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