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Wine Review: Bread & Butter Chardonnay, California 2018

Quick facts:

- Oak aged Chardonnay

- Full bodied and off-dry

- £15.99 from Majestic


After seeing the cult following that this wine has ignited, I had to give it a try. And, wow. With the amount of flavour that it packs into one glass it certainly could not disappoint. On the nose, the vanilla is intense, along with the buttery (yes, it lives up to its name), creamy aromas that have a softening impact on any fruit. The wine has an edge of stewed pineapple that is well integrated, with some other sumptuously ripe tropical fruits lurking in the background. On the palate, it is again the vanilla and cream flavours that dominate, the wine almost coating your mouth with their viscosity. A good level of acidity gives it the lift that it would otherwise lack. It is exactly what you would expect from a big, bold Californian Chardonnay.

This is the type of wine that you have to be in the mood for, or the intensity and richness may be an unwelcome surprise; you could almost be drinking a glass of double cream. I paired this with a sage, lemon and walnut tagliatelle that had a brown-butter sauce. They certainly complimented one another well, but you will have to be in the mood for an indulgently rich evening! I would also love to try it with a baked butternut squash, topped with mild blue cheese and chestnuts.

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