2003 Chateau Souverain Chardonnay
Sonoma County, California
WB Rating: 87

Alcohol by volume: 13.9%
Price at time of purchase: $9.99 (Current release: Costco and elsewhere.)
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): 100% Chardonnay

Year-in and year-out, I think this is my favorite "everyday" Chardonnay. Good body, but not overblown, the 2003 seemed to me to have a bit less of the tropical fruit edge and somewhat more of a sweet hay/lemon pudding profile to it. As always, lots of clove- and nutmeg-tinged spicy oak. Pretty hard to beat for the price, anywhere in the world. - HK 2004-10-22


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