Wine Review - 2012 Les Jamelles Chardonnay Viognier: Candied Lemon Peel With A Bang

This was the very first wine we tried at this year's NSLC Port of Wines Festival. We walked into the space for the VIP tasting and we were handed a taste of this wine.  At the time, it was really great.  We really like the combination of Chardonnay with Viognier added in because it always seems to add a complexity that elevates both grapes.  This wine comes in at 60% Chardonnay and 40% Viognier.  It's a great balance between the two.

As we would expect, this wine has a golden colour that makes this a very interesting looking wine.  It looks like a Fall wine which is perfect.  Great clarity and even some softness in the golden hue. 

The nose has a solid butterscotch and lemon wrapped up with some pear.  It is really a unique and interesting smell.  The lemon makes it a familiar smell but the butterscotch and pear add a complexity that works.

The flavours start with candied lemon peel with a bit of heat applied from the alcohol.  Tart and tangy but with a smooth finish.  The mid-palate is what makes this a great tasting wine, not too sweet but definitely a mouth watering and mouth puckering flavour.  Quite delicious.  They said pair this with scallops and that is just what we did.  It was perfect.  Just the right amount of grip from the citrus that made this a great pairing.

   Tasting Notes: Score:
Sight (0-5) Soft, clear and golden wine.  Very nice. 4.0
Smell (0-5) Strong citrus with pear and butterscotch.  Complex. 4.0
Taste (0-10) Candied lemon peel with solid tartness and not too sweet on a smooth finish. 8.0
  Total: 16 / 20

At $20 this feels about right for the price.  It's a food friendly but certainly a drinker by itself.  Good stuff.

Keep on tasting!

Chris & Shannon


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