Lurking in the Basement

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Michel Schlumberger.

That sounds a tad ominous, huh? I try to approximately drink wine samples as they come in the door. At times I fail miserably…you’ve all seen my basement and its lack of organization. While I file and log all the wine I buy, I leave the samples chilling in boxes in the middle of the basement and at times a sample that’s been around for a while gets shoved to the back. Like this bottle of 2007 Pétanque Chardonnay that’s easily been in my basement since April.  Pétanque, as I’ve written before, is a second label from Michel Schlumberger, intended to be an inexpensive value line of wines for enjoying outside in the company of friends.  The Chardonnay had a plastic cork closure, clocked in at 13.9% alcohol by volume, and retails for $18.95.

On the nose I found pineapple, yellow apple, spice, cream, tropical notes, peach, crushed pineapple, and pineapple juice.  In the mouth I got apple, peach, tropical notes, tart apple and spice.  The palate was less complicated than the nose, had a short finish, and good acidity. Pick up a bottle for your next lawn bowing party.


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