The knock-out 2001 Chardonnay La Carriere offers honeyed citrus, liquid mineral, floral, and exotic tropical fruit characteristics as well as admirable definition, texture, body, and richness. Although I suspect the acids are high, the wine is more concentrated than the 2000 with more depth as well as fruit. (RP)
Pale yellow. Pungent peach, pink grapefruit, chalk and spices on the nose. Soft, smooth, airy and very dry, with delicate notes of lime, wet stone and spices. A distinctly minerally style that calls to mind Puligny-Montrachet. This might have seemed almost too dry without its two grams-per-liter residual sugar. From a very low crop level under two tons per acre. This, too, seems considerably richer than the 2000 version. (ST)
An elegant, well-crafted style, with light toasty oak adding a rich flavor dimension to the core pear, citrus, honeysuckle and hazelnut flavors. Not quite as rich and expansive as the Belle Côte bottling, but well-made nonetheless.
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