Drink an Israeli Chardonnay to toast Burgundy's UNESCO nod.
Led by the owners of two of the region’s most renowned vineyards, France’s Burgundy region has applied to become a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. A principal aspect of their application is their long history of winemaking, which dates to the Middles Ages. Beginning in the year 910, monks classified, subdivided and named their vineyards depending upon the quality and character of the grapes and resulting wines.
Today, Burgundy influences wine styles globally. We chose to celebrate its new UNESCO status by enjoying a bottle far from there. The Burgundy-influenced Domaine du Castel “C” Chardonnay 2012, from Israel, shows both the effects of the growing conditions and the considerable skills of owner Eli-Gilbert Ben-Zaken and his team, including his son Eytan, who was trained in Burgundy. Bright and ideally balanced, with a buttery aroma, it has rich flavors of apricots, peach, apples and lemon along with well-integrated, toasty oak and a notable minerality that all comes together seamlessly and flows smoothly into the lingering and refreshing finish.
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