David L. Kahn Wine Tasting Club
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#1 Chardonnay: California vs. France   Nov 18, 2000
Year Producer, Selection From Variety Price * Score +
1997 Fritz Winery, Dutton Ranch Sonoma County, CA Chardonnay $15.60 92
1998 Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County, CA Chardonnay $10.00 83
1998 Louis Jadot, Macon-Villages Beune, France Chardonnay $9.00 79
1995 La Chabliesienne, Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu Chablis, Yonne, France Chardonnay $23.60 61
This was our first tasting, and there were only four of us present as founding members. There was a clear, unanimous preference for the California wines. Their appearance, aroma and flavor were substantially better (in our humble opinions) than the French wines we tasted. The most expensive wine was the one we liked the least.
* The Price reflects the club discount for non-sale wines purchased at Kappy's Liquors in Sudbury and Wine Cellars of Silene in Waltham. Any purchases at the club price must be coordinated through me.
+ The Score represents the average rating of the group at this tasting, on a scale from 50 to 100. We each assign a value of 0-4 for appearance, 0-6 for aroma, 0-6 for flavor and 0-4 for our overall impression resulting in a total score from 0-20. These are averaged, the result is multiplied by 2.5 and then 50 is added. The resulting 50-100 scale is the same range used by Wine Spectator though their process may be different.