Undivided French Chardonnay
Appellation: France VDP d’Oc (Languedoc-Roussillon)
Price: Under $15
It’s Wednesday and it’s time for the second installation of my Wine of the Week series. This week’s feature is a French Chardonnay Undivided. In case you missed the first installation in this series. Sometimes my picks are tried-and-true favorites other times they are newly discovered bottles. Either way I give you my honest and humble opinion, knowing that I’m not a sommelier, just a working woman and mom who loves a good glass (or two!) of wine.
This week we are hosting a couple from Croatia through an international Rotary exchange program. Since Mr. E&G and I didn’t know what they like to drink before they arrived, I chose to serve a middle-of-the road red and white wine for our initial meal together. I figured it was the safest route since I didn’t know if we are hosting folks who have a cellar full of Bourdeaux or if they were complete tee-totalers, which by the way, would make for a very loooong week. Luckily, they are neither.
I narrowed my choice to a French Chardonnay because it’s January and I like a little body to my wine. In my opinion, French Chardonnay tends to be less oaky and overbearing than their California counterparts. This week’s pick of the week is a recommendation from our local Total Wine, which also happens to be the closest wine store to our neighborhood.
I was drawn to the bottle at first sight. Yeah, I know it’s Wine 101 not to judge a wine by its label. I’m a glutton for quirky names and pretty labels though. The label is feminine and elegant with soft indigo blue touches and blush pink lettering. Sold!
I took Undivided for a test drive prior to my guests’ arrival (no I wasn’t alone). The fresh nose hints of pears and light citrus. I tasted it beside another French Chardonnay, Rapiteau, my husband purchased. Undivided was rounder in the mouth with more body. It was also creamier than I expected from a French Chardonnay. It has a short finish with a slightly tart aftertaste. All in all, Undivided is an easy white wine to serve with a light, fish dip, grilled chicken and cabbage crunch for dinner. I give it three out of five stars.
Let me know your thoughts on this French Chardonnay and join me next week when I share another Wine of the Week.