This has a lovely smoky aroma, white florals with flame-seared citrus peel. Lemon peel, smoke, and tart apple show first on the palate, then smoke and lemon linger. Acids are bright, mouth-feel creamy. This is an interesting and unique wine, with barrel smoke adding layers of complexity, without overwhelming vanilla or other effects from the wood. Drink with smoked salmon to keep the theme going. Highly Recommended. 91 points. DBH

WHO: Jean-Jacques Vincent
WHAT: Chardonnay
WHEN: 2014
DESIGNATION: Cuvée Marie-Antoinette Vincent
WHERE: France, Burgundy, Mâconnais, Pouilly-Fuissé
HOW MUCH: $25 (media sample)

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