Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2017 -
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2017 -

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay

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Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay has been famous since 1980s. Today, their wines are better than ever! More measured use of oak, good freshness and precision and not overripe nor 'fat' like those early 2000s Art Chardonnay that we tasted. We were so impressed with this wine that we did a blind tasting among a flight of 3 Chardonnay (all 2017 vintage) among 30 persons over zoom. Half of the audience voted for this wine. Tied with Benjamin Leroux Chassagne Montrachet Les Embazees 2017. We were really impressed when we tasted it in the morning before the zoom blind. MUST BUY! Drink now but will age beautifully for the next 10 to 15 years! Must keep too! EXTREMELY LIMITED.

2019 vintage scored extremely high:

'Gloriously perfumed, pure and precise, with heady lily opening up. Softly smoky, slow-burn oak suffuses the palate without detracting from the classic, fresh-cut and succulent poached pear, with firmer al dente pear skin and a touch of custard apple sweetness. Lanolin, cinnamon and lemon puff biscuit bring texture and nuance. Terrific length, poise and intensity, with lingering fruit and perfume. Archetypal Art Series.' Decanter 98 pts

'The 2019 Art Series Chardonnay is rich and savory but pure and saline too. There is white peach, red apples, curry leaf and brine. The way the flavor moves across the palate is testament to the phenolics that course through the wine; it’s all at a perfect intersect of fruit power, tannin and perfectly judged acidity. The flavor stains the palate and lingers in an unravelling spool of thread in the mouth long after the wine has gone. A stupendously good wine.' Wine Advocate 98 pts



2018 vintage was a great vintage. Some say better than 2017! Here's the producer's notes:

Immaculate, powerful, intense nose with purity and clarity of primary fruit characterised by pear, white peach, lime curd and custard apple. There are infinite layers of brioche, grilled hazelnuts, cinnamon quill, shaved nutmeg, black cardamom and almond meal. A thread of graphite in the background adds elegant complexity.

Penetration and drive with incredible shape and frame on the palate. The symmetry of layers, contours and overall balance is precise. Pear, cut lime and nectarine are definite throughout. Sweet spice and elegant oak use sit neatly with the fruit, underlined by a delicate acid line, leading to a palate with effortless length.

Wine reviewers sing praises too:

"Impressive, complex, supple and elegant, but not shy on intensity. Opens with creamy, satiny notes of apricot, pear, lemon curd and passionfruit puree, with touches of toasted hazelnuts, salted caramel, jasmine and green tea. The way the details mingle with and complete each other makes this as complex a wine as this is a refreshing one, with a fresh thread of acidity weaving in and out."
97 points Wine Spectator, 20 October 2021
"From an excellent vintage - warm, with very few hot days - this muscular yet lithe Chardonnay suffuses the senses with Leeuwin Estate's clear and penetrating signature perfume of granular pear and fleshier fresh fig. Harmonious lemony acidity makes for an ultra-long, seamless finish, through a palate of acacia, lanolin, smoke and créme patisserie. The concentrated fruit effortlessly mops up the 100% new oak. A luminous, graceful and balanced powerhouse."
97 pts Sarah Ahmed, Decanter Premium, March 2021

2017 vintage was also super highly rated of course:

99 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark This achieves another step up the quality ladder for Leeuwin Estate, seemingly impossible. There's been no change in the vinification, nor in the vineyard. The change is an increase in the intensity of the flavours, and hence their length and aftertaste. It's an extraordinary wine, among the greatest of Burgundy (and elsewhere in the world). Whatever you expect from its future development will be delivered. Inner quote mark (8/2020)

98 points Bob Campbell

Outer quote mark Light yellow, a very youthful colour. The bouquet has substantial oak as well as some tropical fruit, cashew nut and fluffy yeast aromas. The palate is very intense and vibrant, with nervy acidity and richness to match, the aftertaste lingering on and on. A power-packed wine that is compact and tightly-packaged, latent like an unexploded bomb! Intense and sustained grapefruit and lemon aftertaste. An impressive, high-impact chardonnay of great potential. The sheer power of the fruit is awesome. - Huon Hooke (The Real Review) Inner quote mark (3/2020)

96 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Such complexity and resolve make for a very attractive nose with peaches, grapefruit, cedary oak spice, gunflint and wet stones. The palate has a plush, smoothly resolved texture with a rich, creamy texture and all-encompassing, ripe stone-fruit flavors, ahead of a very long, smooth finish. Grilled-hazelnut and apricot-kernel flavors to close. Great to drink now, but certainly a decade of cellaring in the tank, too. Inner quote mark (4/2020)

96 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark Opens rich and lush, with grilled pineapple, ripe pear and fleshy apricot flavors. Details of mineral, lime skin and Meyer lemon add a fresh thread of acidity and a sense of precision, finishing with a note of sesame seed. Drink now through 2030. Inner quote mark (9/2020)