2014 Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay
Yes, it’s true. This is my favorite Chardonnay.
You know I drink a lot of white Burgundy, and you can rest assured I love opulent domestic Chardonnay. But this one is my favorite. Yes, it’s from western Australia. No, it’s not overoaked or gooey ripe Aussie fruit. Western Australia is a cool climate, first noticed by none other than Robert Mondavi as a perfect place for Chardonnay. The Leeuwin family has now made over 50 vintages, and it’s not just me who thinks this wine is spectacular.
In 2014 Wine Spectator put this wine, the Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay, as #5 Best Wine in the World. that’s a privilege held by very few Chardonnays, be they Le Montrachet, California, or Australia.
This 2014 vintage garnered 98 points from James Halliday, and while you may not know who that is, to Australians he’s like Wine Spectator and Robert Parker combined, with a longer track record than both. Here is his review:
“Part hand, part machine-picked, part wild and part cultured yeast, matured for 11 months in new French oak. Incredibly youthful quartz-green colour; a great chardonnay, its intensity and length right up there with the best prior vintages; white peach and nectarine open the batting, pink grapefruit coming swiftly thereafter, creamy/nutty oak almost lost in the crowd. If this weren’t enough, the aftertaste is a work of art, complete in itself. ”
And I perfectly agree with him. To sum up, I do think this is one of the world’s best Chardonnays. It’s not the cheapest, but rating this QPR against some of my other favorite Chardonnays, particularly white Burgundy, this one is a darn steal.
Every year we offer a “pre-shelf price” (meaning the wine is due in two weeks) on this wine. This vintage, the winery gave us a bit more, offering up the opportunity to advertise to our beloved Insiders. If you love great Chardonnay – wherever it’s from – take advantage and order now. You won’t regret it.