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Bachelder Les Villages Chardonnay 2018

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, CanadaThomas Bachelder is one of Canada's leading chardonnay and pinot noir specialists, honed through time in Bourgogne and Oregon, as well as years in the vineyards of his Niagara home base. Les Villages blends parts from their single vineyard, older vines grown in Grimsby, Beamsville, Vineland, and 4 Mile Creek. After a native ferment in primarily neutral French barrels, this rested 16 months sans b√Ętonnage before bottling. This 2018 is showing stunning now, chiseled by stone, and layered with lemon curd, green apple, crunchy pear to a lingering, flint-kissed, bitter almond end. The limestone laced soils are expressive here, and hum along the lengthy finish.Tasted: 14 July 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 34.95 winery online/direct Producer: Mary et Thomas Delaney-Bachelder et FillesGrape: ChardonnayUPC: 185729000491