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2005 Clos Du Val Chardonnay

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, March 8th, 2007 at 10:09 am in Uncategorized.

Today, Inspired by Rob W., an Arkansas wine blogger at 365 Corks, I feel the need to discuss Chardonnay. Rob’s got a half dozen Chards in his March postings alone. And, when savoring a gorgeous crab Louie salad at a San Francisco luncheon honoring Dame Vivienne Westwood over the weekend, all I could think about was the bottle of 2005 Clos Du Val Chardonnay I had chilling at home, and how smashing the two would’ve been together. Much like the Dame and her Sex Pistols.

You can taste Clos Du Val’s new vintage in the winery now, but to buy a bottle ($22), you’ve got to wait until April 1. Here’s why you should, and do so in an excited, geeky fashion, where you email your friends and say things like, “11 days until CDV’s Chard comes out!’:

1. Because, like me, you enjoy California Chardonnay when it’s made by a Frenchman in a Burgundian style.

2. You like a green tinge, both in color and flavor, to your Chards.This one shines like melted citrine and peridot.

3. You believe that Chardonnay can taste like a crisp, fresh fruit tart rather than butter-saturated toast from Denny’s.

4. You plan to eat a lot of shellfish this season and need require quality, affordable quaffage that doesn’t have an animal on the label.

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