Gusbourne Guinevere Chardonnay 2017
Whereas the 2016 was my 'English Meursault' - and a truly remarkable one at that, the 2016 Guinevere Chardonnay is best likened to white Givry. Whilst it feels a little disrespectful to a wine of this calibre to be comparing it with Burgundy, rather than allowing it to stand on its own two feet, I feel it helps to get a feel for the style (and let's face it, white Burgundy is no bad thing for a Chardonnay to be compared with). Notes of lime and white peach blossom on the nose lead into a palate which, whilst largely driven by wonderful cool-climate minerality, has enough body of stone fruit and citrus to fill the mouth beautifully. There are lightly toasted notes of almond and just a whiff of vanilla to hint at the well-judged oak, balancing the fruit character. Lemon-drops and cream lead a long, fine finish.