2011 Independent Producers - La Bourgeoisie Chardonnay
An unbelievable Chardonnay for under $15 – you’d spend much more for a similar Chardonnay from the big names in California and France. Its style is the best of both worlds – somewhere between the full fruit of the West coast and the French crisp, complex whites. This wine sees no oak, so the true characteristics of this grape really shine through. The fruit has got heft but is not too ripe. Apple, flint, citrus, and stone define the palette. A highly versatile white that will go with vegan menus and double as a party wine.
The label says this Chardonnay is produced by The House of Independent Producers, but behind this is a family run winery that has used organic practices for years. The label is a little crazy, looking like a Dr. Bronner’s label for wine. The back label even has a Website where you can sign their manifesto that rails against the evils of the wine rating systems. (If you doubt they are evil, you’d better check this out.) The price of this wine is low for its quality because you’re not paying for the name or a rating.