Domaine Michel Sarrazin et Fils Rully "Sans Nom" 2014
100% older-vine Chardonnay from two “lieux-dits” vineyards, Chaponnières and Varot. Rully turns out some of the best Chardonnay values in Burgundy, and the Sarrazin brothers make Burgundy of exceptional quality.
Leaps out of the glass with fresh blossom, beeswax and lemon oil, getting richer in the glass and becoming positively redolent with hazelnut, caramel and fresh butter aromas that make for an exciting and ever shifting bouquet. The palate explodes with a mélange of white peach, lemon oil, honey blossom, caramel and rock. Lush and round, with ripe fruit and buttery caramel balanced against citrus fruit and mineral freshness that gives the wine excellent “tension”, not to mention the perfect oomph to pair with a wide variety of foods, from salads to roast chicken to mushroom and chicken in cream sauce pasta.
The 2014 Sarrazin “Sans Nom” is 100% older-vine Chardonnay from two “lieux-dits” (or just below Premier Cru status) vineyards, Chaponnières and Varot. According to French law, neither of these vineyards may accompany each other on the same label. Obviously this limits the marketability and upward pricing mobility in a region that is all about specificity; hence, the name “Sans Nom” or “no name” as the Sarrazins had come to call the cuvée. Aged for 12 months in 50% new French oak. This may appear pricey at $29/bottle, but when you compare it with its corresponding class in either Burgundy or California, you’re looking at well over $50/bottle.