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Top 5 Chardonnay Under $15

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Duboeuf Pouilly-Fuisse (2011)
Comments: Rather floral on the nose with an edge of caramel/black licorice candy framing the core of juniper tinged wild black and red fruits all laid over a bit or dark moist earth. legnat on entry, this has lovely ripe fruit, blackberry tinged aromatic in the mouth along with subtle african violet, licorice and earthy tones. Lively acidity brighten the palate and the tannins, slightly raw and stemmy add a zesty underlay to the fruit. Finishing very cleanly and fresh with real energy and emerging elegance this is drinking perfectly today. 90pts
Average price: $16.29 from 96 stores
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2 Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir Chardonnay. Pinot Noir Central Coast Monterey (2010)
Comments: Rather floral on the nose and quite perfumed. Gentle leesy edges add nuance to the core of peach and almond toned fruit that has a distinctive cherry note to it. Unusual but attractive on the nose. Medium plus-bodied in the mouth with an early rush of lemon candy that settles into a baked apple and lemon groove on the mid-palate. This has a gently creamy edge and some suggestions of sweet nuttiness in the mouth, all supported by bright lemon curd flavors. This is pretty bright and mouth-filling. A good value in a style I can go for. 87pts
Average price: $33.39 from 6 stores
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3 Apaltagua Reserva Chardonnay Unoaked Chardonnay Chile (2011)
Comments: Bright and intense on the nose with layers of pineapple, passionfruit and guava notes. This is vibrantly acidic, too acidic for many palates, though it has its place like with ceviche. The fruit is quite ripe with a slightly sweet cashew edge to the pineapple and Meyer lemon fruit on the palate. The finish is a touch short but it does leave the palate clean and fresh, with lingering hints of lime peel and a hint of melon fruit. This is zesty with a nice hint of minerality on the finish, but it’s not your typical Chardonnay. Might appeal more to Sauvignon Blanc drinkers. 87pts
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4 Valley of the Moon Unoaked Chardonnay (2010)
Comments: Marshmallow, lemon oil and grilled pineapple come together on the nose here with a nicely spiced top note. Smells like ginger crisps. This is soft but not heavy on the palate, with a noticeably sweet edge. It’s subtle, adding a little marshmallow fluff to the rather fresh and nicely balanced fruits on the mid-palate. The oak plays a fairly supporting role beyond that, adding a nice, spiced note on the palate. On the finish, the sugar and spice does become a bit more dominant, though some acidity also shows up to help cleanse the palate. This is nicely done in the genre, sweet but not cloying, creamy but not shapeless, and with enough acidity to keep things interesting. 87pts
Average price: $14.99 from 1 store
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5 Louis Jadot Chardonnay Meursault-Blagny Premier Cru (2011)
Comments: Lovely and fresh on the nose with pure aromas of apple blossoms, apples and hints of greengage plums. Light-bodied and very finely balanced with assertive if integrated acidity adding cut to the light and simple apple fruit. This has a nice inner mouth perfume and lively transparency of flavors with suggestions of green herbs and perhaps a whisper of tarragon on the palate. Very clean and a touch mineral on the light and aromatic finish. Nothing is going to bowl you over here, but this is easy, fresh and pure. 86pts
Average price: $13.99 from 113 stores
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  • 1121238Kyle Brooks Tried this wine last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Very nice finish.


  • 1121238Kyle Brooks For the price this is a very nice Chardonnay.



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