That’s because this wine is chardonnay from the Chablis region of Burgundy in France that is made without oak and that takes the idea of unoaked chardonnay one step further. Regular visitors here know how much the Wine Curmudgeon appreciates white Burgundy, though Chablis sometimes gets short shrift given my preference to Montrachet.
This is not meant as a slight to Chablis, as the Brocard ($35, sample) demonstrates. This is classic Chablis -- clean, crisp, green apples -- at an incredible price. Everything that makes quality Chablis is here, from the minerality on the nose to the telltale acidity to the long finish. Best yet, this is a $35 wine that will age and only get better over the next couple of years as its fruit and acid blend and mellow. In this, it will demonstrate why a wine doesn’t always need oak to get better.
Serve this chilled with a classic bistro dinner – roast chicken, fried potatoes, garlicky green salad, and apple tart. And if you’re starting to wonder about holiday gifts, I know at least one wine drinker who would enjoy getting a bottle.