Louis Max Saint-Romain White Burgundy 2012
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Louis Max 2012 Saint-Romain Burgundy Chardonnay
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13.00%
This Chardonnay from Burgundy is one of the stars of the Louis Max portfolio and for the price it has absolutely incredible value given its pedigree and taste profile. The winery was founded in 1859 and their cellars date back over a century. Saint-Romain is a historic village known for its sensational Chardonnay. 2012 is also considered a great vintage with Mother Nature creating a great crop except the yields were quite tiny. The grapes are predominantly from Sous Roche and Sous La Chateau vineyards. There is unique and extensive limestone soil in the appellation which makes for beautifully nuanced minerality. A classical Burgundian taste profile of zingy, vibrant fruit including pear, Acacia, and almond with green apple, white peach, minerality, white flowers and Asian spice. Accessible now and will provide enjoyment for many years to come. Will pair beautifully with escargots, grilled Langoustines, sea scallops, salmon with a rosemary butter sauce, soft shell crabs or goat and bleu cheeses. Sampled in August, 2014 and March of 2015 with consistent tasting notes.
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100% Chardonnay. Saint-Romain in the Côte de Beaune stands at the foot of a high cliff but at an elevation which enables it to look out over a wide stretch of countryside. The vines occupy a sloping site where they benefit from excellent soils. This blend of limestone and marls includes patches of clay which especially suit the Chardonnay. Manual harvest with grape sorting before the vinification. Fermentation and maturation in oak barrels for 12 months.
Bright, golden yellow in colour. Intense aromas of almond, honey, ripe apple, flowers (acacia) and fresh fruits (pear, white peach). Very rich in the mouth, with a hint of minerality, this wine is round, very elegant and harmonious. Goes well with seafood dishes, fishes in sauce, roasted white meats or foie gras. Also perfect as an aperitif. Wine to be served around 12’C/54’ F. This wine will benefit from an ageing of 4 to 6 years.
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*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.