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Wine of the Week: Domaine de L’Olivier Chardonnay 2009

Good Chard under ten bucks is almost unheard of.  This is one of them.  And it’s a pretty good wine to serve before, if not with, the Thanksgiving meal.

Now if you’re a real fan of big, sweet, caramel-y, high alcohol Chardonnays you probably won’t be impressed.  Because this is a crisp, virtually unoaked, almost Chablis-like wine, with citrus and pineapple aromas and flavors of lemon and a hint of vanilla.

This is not from Burgundy, of course; it’s from the Languedoc-Roussillon in the very southeast, bordering on the Mediterranean, and the wine is classified “Pays d’Oc”.  That means, mainly, it’s good table wine from a fairly large region.

And it also is an amazingly good, remarkably inexpensive wine that tastes like it cost about two and a half times what you can buy it for.  I just bought a case.

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