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2009 Just Chardonnay by Paul Sapin

November 19, 2010 - Norman Bentley

Recently a friend gave me a bottle of wine to taste. I had reccomended several inexpensive Chardonnays to him, and this was one which he had found at a local store, and felt it was as good as any of the recommended ones. It was French in the below ten dollar range, and we decided to taste it against a California Chardonnay in the same price range which we had enjoyed several times in the past.

We had a delicious meal of roasted chicken and green bean casserole, and sampled the two wines against each other along with our meal. The California wine was the 2007 Concannon Central Coast Chardonnay, and the French was the 2009 Just Chardonnay from Paul Sapin. Both wines have the typical apple-pear taste of Chardonnay, and are well rounded with a fruit forward nature. The Concannon is a deeper yellow in color partly because of being two years older and having been 50% oak aged for five months. The Just Chardonnay is 100% Chardonnay with no barrel aging.

Both Mary (the Chardonnay Queen) and I prefered the Just Chardonnay to the Concannon. It has a lighter, crisper finish, with no cloying aftertaste. It is more California in style than French, although like most French Chardonnay's it has a little less acidity than typical California Chardonnays. If you like an oak finish, you may not like it as well as some that do, but it is crisp and clean and is easy to drink. All of the Just Wines are 100% of the varietal, and have no barrel aging, or anything other than the grape itself.

For light fare such as our roasted chicken, the 2009 Just Chardonnay would be an excellent choice. Norm's score is 85.

Price - $8 - $10

Score - 85



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