Luc Pirlet Unoaked Chardonnay 2016

Mmmmmm most inviting nose of unripe pears, apricots and something else I have yet to figure out.

Apple juice, fresh apple juice, a squeeze of lemon citrus. All very nice. Juicy acidic fruits are what we like, right?

A slight oily nature to the palate, which highlights the heavyset nature of this glass, quite an interesting subtext to an unoaked chardonnay.

Tangerine, oh, what a blessed thing; tangerine flesh and pith along with some minerality, but mostly the tangerine thing. Almonds, fresh almond meat. Definitely something along the lines of petroleum, but it’s not offensive, merely a droll note in an entertaining sip.

As she warms, I realize that there are layers here to be found. Fruit, nuts, hydrocarbons and acid – all the food groups. And this with grapes, ferment, steel and glass.