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.
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