Giguiere 2013 Musqué Chardonnay

Dunnigan Hills AVA, Yolo County, CA; 13.5% ABV
from Matchbook Wines
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 24 June

Giguiere_2013_ChardMusqueThe back label reads, “Musqué is the French term meaning both perfumed and muscat-like.  Many grape varieties, including the Clone 809 of Chardonnay have a Musqué mutation, which produces a highly aromatic wine.  The wine has beautiful aromas of honeysuckle and orange blossom with flavors of apricot and honey.”  This is a good description.  Its most immediate flavor is Chardonnay’s usual yellow apple, although quite ripe, but the other flavors describe above are also prominent.  In its honeyed, ripe-fruited, slightly viscous, aromatic elegance, this wine is a lot like a dessert wine, although not sweet.  (I’d call this wine on the sweeter end of dry.)  I think this is an interesting, delicious wine, but don’t get it if you want your usual Chardonnay.  It strikes me as showing its age a little, with some of the honey heading in the direction of oxidation, but it was also quite good the second day.  On the third day, the last bit seemed a little tired, and went into the tangerine ginger chicken.


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