Domaine de l’Octavin Vin de France Pamina Chardonnay 2012
The only ‘mainstream’ variety in the l’Octavin range and also the most boring. There, I said it.
Really quite volatile, which is surprising given that it’s a less oxidative
style. Pineapple and lemon cake, with no shortage of phenolics and has seriously briney
acidity. It’s long, powerfully acidic, but that sour pineapple character is just a bit too divisive.
I get the impression that this will fill out with time, but for now fruit, acid and light oxidation aren’t quite as congruent. It’s long though, which suggests things will get better.
Details: 12%, Cork, $65
Tasted: March 2015
Would I buy it? I’d buy a single glass.
Score: 16.5/20 88/100+
Buy online: Living Wines, The Oak Barrel
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