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Staff Pick

Chardonnay sur Montboucon, Eric Thill - 2016

Item # 38706 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Eric Thill is originally from a winemaking family in Alsace however he settled in the Jura region of France around a decade ago and has been cultivating some fine Jura bottles for you to taste. This comes from the Montboucon vineyard which is dominated by clay and chalk soils.

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Staff Pick Notes

Eric Thill's chardonnay is delicious. It's a thrilling entrance to wines from the Jura if you haven't yet had the good fortune of discovering the region. It glistens in the glass and presents itself loudly, with saltiness, ample acidity, and roasted almond savoriness. It makes sense that Thill is from a winemaking family in Alsace; both the Jura and Alsace have strong wine traditions that are weighty, unique, and ultimately foreign to mainstream wine drinkers. That being said, I couldn't be happier that Eric has decided to trade in divisive gewurztraminer for timeless chardonnay and savory savagnin. Thill's wines hail from a tiny 2.75 hectare estate and are just starting to trickle in the US market. This is a bottle that would mesmerize any white wine aficionado.


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