More top Chardonnay wines for the UK market

By | November 2, 2015

Introduction

Here I would like to offer another great opportunity to find out about some outstanding Chardonnays, mostly from Europe and supplied by the company: FromVineyardsDirect. Deliveries are made for the UK market. This is who they are.


Straight from the Vineyard

FromVineyardsDirect is the brainchild of David Campbell and Esme Johnstone. We offer a small range of delicious drinking wines, principally from France, Italy and Spain, imported direct from the growers and delivered to your door at the click of a mouse at prices well below traditional merchants.

David Campbell

David Campbell

David was introduced to wine publishing in the late 70’s and early 80’s as International Sales Director at Mitchell Beazley, where Hugh Johnson’s Wine Atlas and Pocket Wine Book and Michael Broadbent’s Great Vintage Wine were best sellers.

As international publisher of Hachette in Paris (1982-90), he invented the Guide Hachette des Vins, France’s no 1 selling wine book.

David is currently the publisher of Everyman’s Library, which he relaunched in 1991. In 2007 he was awarded France’s Legion d’Honneur.

Email David at
david@fromvineyardsdirect.com

Esme Johnstone

Esme Johnstone

Esme’s involvement in wine started at an early age when his father gave him a thimble full of wine at dinner with the promise of a full glass if he could get the vintage right—this not only encouraged a keen interest in wine but also in statistics and all things commercial.

Esme founded Majestic Wine, which revolutionized wine buying in the UK. This new format of wine warehouses with young enthusiastic staff and a totally cosmopolitan range of wines was a huge success and spread very quickly. Esme sold his interest in Majestic in 1989 and moved to Château de Sours in Bordeaux where he created critically-acclaimed wines including ‘probably the best Rosé in the world.’

Email Esme at
esme@fromvineyardsdirect.com

DELIVERY

Prices are inclusive of delivery for orders equivalent to 12 75cl bottles within the UK mainland and 24 75cl bottles for Northern Ireland, Highlands and islands. A delivery charge of £3.00 will be added to the orders of 6-11 bottles and £7.50 for orders under 6 within the UK. Please note there may be a surcharge for delivery to the Highlands and islands. Please call 020 7549 7900 for more info.

What do the wine ratings mean?

Score Explanation
95–100 A classic great wine
90–94 An outstanding wine of superior character and style
85–89 A very good wine with special qualities
80-84 A good solid, well-made wine
75–79 A mediocre wine, drinkable but may have minor flaws
50–74 Not recommended

1) Product: Mâcon-Villages, La Tour de Brully

Where to buy best: fromvineyardsdirecttop Chardonnay wines

Vintage: 2014

Region: Burgundy, France

Bottle: 750 ml

Alcohol/Vol: n/a

Rating: 87/100

Price per 75 cl bottle: £10.95, case of 12 75 cl bottles: £131.40

Wine Tasting Notes

You get a great deal of wine for the money here for just a little over a tenner. Bright lemon yellow, white blossom, peach and honey and all apparent on the nose. The palate is medium in weight, kept fresh with cleansing acidity and good minerality. Combined with stone and citrus fruit it makes for an excellent, complex white Burgundy for everyday drinking.

Wine Maker

Roux Pere & Fils is a family owned company based in St. Aubin. They own about 70 hectares of vineyards in the Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune and Cote Chalonnaise. Domaine Roux history goes back to 1855. The current owners, the brothers Sebastien and Matthieu Roux, have ensured that Roux Pere & Fils is now one of the leading producers in Burgundy. A beautifully made and cold fermented Mâcon Villages – and great value for money.

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2) Product: Montagny 1er Cru: Les Loges Vieilles Vignes

Where to buy best: fromvineyardsdirecttop Chardonnay wines

Vintage: 2011

Region: Burgundy, France

Bottle: 750 ml

Alcohol/Vol: 13%

Rating: 86/100

Price per 75 cl bottle: £13.95, case of 12 75 cl bottles: £167.40

Wine Tasting Notes

A fresh, lightly oaked white with the weight and complexity of a much more expensive wine. Expect plenty of citrus and floral notes, a clean minerality and long finish. Delicious, finely crafted white Burgundy, perfect with shellfish and poultry.

Wine Maker

A sensational white Burgundy from crafted by talented British winemaker Emma Sarjeant. This is a classic style, very well made, very well priced and perfect for drinking now.

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3) Product: Chablis Premier Cru: Domaine de la Motte Beauroy

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Vintage: 2013

Region: Burgundy, France

Bottle: 750 ml

Alcohol/Vol: 12.5%

Rating: 88/100

Price of a 75 cl bottle: £15.95, case of 12 75 cl bottles: £191.40

Wine Tasting Notes

Yellow straw colour with aromas of honey, lemon and a very slight hint of oak. Rich and full but with all the dry, flinty minerality that one expects from a really good 1er Cru Chablis. The citric flavours and minerality remain prominent over a very long finish. Delicious.

Wine Maker’s Notes

Possibly the best value 1er cru Chablis on the market, made by the Michaut family from grapes grown on the Beauroy slopes. This is beautifully fresh, minerally Chardonnay that is just calling out for grilled fish, shellfish or, as Le Guide Hachette des Vins recommends, snails and butter. A bargain.

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4) Product: Pouilly Fuissé: Margolliets 

Where to buy best: fromvineyardsdirecttop Chardonnay wine

Vintage: 2013

Region: Burgundy, France

Bottle: 750 ml

Alcohol/Vol: 13.5%

Rating: 88/100

Price of a 75 cl bottle: £16.75, case of 12 75 cl bottles: £201.00

Wine Tasting Notes

Golden lemon in colour with passion fruit and pineapple on the nose. Buttery fresh fruit with a hint of lemon and nuts. Complex and full with a long lush finish. Impossible not to finish the bottle.
Good Pouilly Fuissé is very good, indeed the finest of all Macon (not to be confused with the Loire’s Pouilly Fumé) and this is a classic example of really well-made Burgundian Chardonnay at its very best. The New World cannot make Chardonnay like this—and it is exceptional value for money. 

Wine Maker’s Notes

A tiny appellation—875 hectares—from the tiny villages of Fuissé, Chaintre, Solutre-Pouilly and Vergisson near Macon. Clay and limestone combine to make rich and luscious wines. There are no premiers crus. The locals recommend it with Banon and Picodan cheese as well as shellfish. We recommend it on its own!

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For other top class Chardonnay wine reviews for US, UK and Australia markets, please click the three images to the right under the heading World best Chardonnays. Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to chime in with a comment and I will be back to you within 24 hours.

 

6 thoughts on “More top Chardonnay wines for the UK market

  1. Brok

    Great list of chardonnay wines Jerry!

    I’ve recently got really into wine and have been learning a lot about it.

    I really like chardonnay and have been trying to find some new types to try!

    I happen to be located in the US. Do you know if I could get any of these in a store or shipped to me?

    Hopefully you can help me out a bit

    Brok

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Wine dealers are very local and these are for the UK market only. However, I have a lot of reviews and ratings on Chardonnays for the USA market. The summary of these reviews you can find here. All of those merchants will deliver to the USA.

      Reply
  2. Linda

    Thanks a lot for a very good informational site.
    I love a good glas of white vine and here I really could get some good information on what to look for.
    Now I want a glas….
    Keep on posting. I´ll be back!

    Live, Laugh, Love
    Linda 🙂

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Hi Linda, if this means that you are a wine/Chardonnay lover, then you should be back. I am looking for the best Chardonnays worldwide and have already incorporated a list of top rated Chardonnays here. Cheers, Jerry

      Reply
  3. Christine

    Thank you for the information on FromVineyardsDirect. It is very important to know the background of the company you are buying from. Knowing the people behind it give me assurance that it is legitimate and that they know about wines.

    I am glad you provided an explanation of the wine ratings as I did not know and this gives me an idea on what wine is best for me to purchase.

    Reply
    1. Jerry Post author

      Hi Christine, thanks for your reaction and especially for the information on the online company offering the wine and the ratings which are important. I will take this information and be as specific as I can on company’s backgrounds. Cheers, Jerry

      Reply

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