Novellum Chardonnay 2022 (France)
Producer Notes: Chardonnay shows up in some remarkably diverse places but few as breathtaking as the Roussillon, where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean. From vineyards, just a stone’s throw from the beach and within view of the historic Mont Canigou, Eric Solomon and Jean-Marc Lafage have created Novellum, a refined, aromatic, and elegant Chardonnay that is aged in tank and neutral French barrels.
James Suckling, 91 Points: Quite an aromatic chardonnay here, with discerning notes of sliced green apples, melon and lemon zest. Round and textured, with simple apple pith and nectarines in the pristine yet flavorful palate. Lots of fruit in the round, medium- to full-bodied palate.