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Tonight we are going to review a single-varietal chardonnay wine – the world’s most popular white variety and the noblest of them all – Maestro Chardonnay Barrique Fermented 2019 by Imperial Vin. Chardonnay is regarded by many as the ‘Queen of Whites’ – prized for its ability to produce top-quality wines in a wide range of climates and terroirs. Stylistically, there are two main types of chardonnay: one one hand we have the classic, oak-aged style, creamy and rich, whereas on the other hand there’s the crisp, unoaked style. The wine we are reviewing tonight is from the first category – a barrel fermented chardonnay, which means that the wine went through the malolactic fermentation – a process where the crisp, malic acid in the wine is converted into a more softer, lactic acid. That said, without further ado, let’s move on straight to our tasting results.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
fruit profile: sweet fruits | citrus fruits | stone fruits
__sweet fruits: apple | pear
__citrus fruits: lemon | pomelo
__stone fruits: apricot | peach
fruit character: unripe
non fruit: floral | herbal | spice | oak | lactic | other
__floral: linden flower
__herbal: straw grass | hay
__spice: white pepper | ginger
__oak: oakwood | vanilla
__lactic: dairy | panna cotta | yogurt
__other: cashew | peanuts
__wood: new / medium
aroma: primary | secondary | tertiary
__dominant: acidity & alcohol
fruit profile: sweet fruits | citrus fruits
fruit character: unripe
non fruit: oak | lactic | other
maturity: on the rise
verdict: good| recommended
This is definitely a good wine of Moldova and with a total of 90.7 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.
Verdict: this is a very good chardonnay wine that has yet to reach the summit of its form – a wine that can resist a couple more years of bottle ageing. It has a medium-plus body, moderate complexity and a nuanced lactic accent, which makes it feel citrusy-woody, round and supple, with some oily traces on the mouthfeel. The wine feels well balanced and quite appealing, with a slightly opulent palate and a seedy-crisp aftertaste. With a slight bitterness on the finish, this wine might feel a bit angular – those are the post-effects of oak ageing, mostly the oak-infused tannins, which makes it a very good pairing partner for creamy dishes, like for example any white sauce-based pasta or some oven baked salmon fillets with cream dressings.
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