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Tastings: Clos du Bois Calcaire Chardonnay

Derek Robinson enjoys the "stunning" 2013 Clos du Bois Calcaire chardonnay

Derek Robinson tastes the “stunning” 2013 Clos du Bois Calcaire Chardonnay

Do you ever just want to enjoy a spectacular glass of wine, without committing to the whole bottle? This one’s for you.

For years, we poured a very egalitarian list of wines by the glass, all priced the same. All of our glasses were versatile, easy-drinking “everyday” wines. It kept things deliciously simple. Maybe too simple.

So last year, this 2013 Russian River Valley chardonnay made its debut by the glass at $16. Yes, it’s a jump from our house wines. And yes, Virginia, it’s worth it.

Manager Greg Vogler says, “It’s the buttery and oaky thing that everyone’s looking for in a California chardonnay – but this French inspired wine shows how a few years of aging result in a more refined and balanced flavor.”

A few nights ago our friend and gourmand-about-town Derek Robinson stopped in for a glass of his favorite house wine, the Patient Cottat Sauvignon Blanc. “This is your best white by the glass,” he told us.

Apparently the man hasn’t actually looked at our list in a few months. Naturally, we responded by pouring him a splash of Calcaire. His impromptu tasting notes say it all:

“That chardonnay is stunning. The nose is caramel and butterscotch, but there’s no sweetness going on at all.”

“It’s so balanced, it tastes like a 10-year-old Burgundy. It has to be French oak. So elegant, not aggressive, very subtle. I would not think of this as a California wine. This is a French wine.”

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