This Chardonnay is part of a new line of 13 world wines that explore the essential grape varieties of each country of origin, delivering top quality wines at a great price ($9.99). The Malbec is from Argentina, the Merlot is from California, the Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from New Zealand and this Chardonnay is produced in France. This wine is designated a Vin de Pays d’Oc, which indicates it was produced from the Languedoc-Roussillon growing region in southern France. The back label of the bottle mentions aromas of vanilla oak and a buttery finish, so this is a Chardonnay that was at least partially aged in oak barrels. The alcohol content is 13%.
The color is pale wheat yellow. The nose offers Jonathan apples, a whiff of honey, vanilla (as promised) and melon. Very smooth with nicely balanced acidity and a silky mouthfeel. It starts off with Anjou pear, sliced apple and dried apricots, the mid palate adds lemon, orange zest and a little creamy vanilla custard. The acidity makes it presence know at the finish and allows the pear and custard flavors to buzz around in your mouth for a fairly long time.
The Tussock Jumper Chardonnay is a very appealing ten buck Chard, the silky smooth flavors upfront are countered by a tasty slice of tart citrus, then it resolves to creamy custard. In Burgundy, all the winemakers talk about length when discussing their Chardonnay, length is essential, and this little, unassuming, $10 Chardonnay from the Languedoc has length. This is not a big, showy wine, it’s not going to slap you upside your head, it is just a solid, well priced wine, done right.