Sunday, May 31, 2009

Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Clos Du Bois Calcaire 2006

I am just going to begin by saying the Clos Du Bois Calcaire 2006 is probably the best Chardonnay I have ever had. Now I'll qualify that statement by saying I do not do white wine that often and that over the years have had probably less or near 100 different Chardonnays and that is really not that many.

Last evening my wife and I had dinner at one of the finest restaurants in Central New York, The Mohegan Manor in Baldwinsville. Deciding on a wine was a bit difficult because my wife decided on having Duck while I had decided on the Scallops. Shirley finally gave up the Chianti(a nice choice for duck) for a Chardonnay, which I wanted with my Scallops.
Made me feel good, I don't win that often.
The wine list offered about nine different Chards. We decided on a mid-range priced California wine from Clos Du Bois. The meal was out of this world, but the best part of the entire evening was the wine.

winemaker's notes:
Hand-selected from premium vineyards in Russian River Valley, the 2006 Calcaire exemplifies the crisp, fresh fruit flavors that make cool climate Chardonnay so appealing. Brilliant, silver-straw yellow in color, this Chardonnay exhibits generous citrus-laced aromas of apple blossom and pear, nutmeg and crème brulée. In the mouth it is creamy and rich, with ripe pear and apple fruit a splash of refreshing lemon and lime. Although ready to drink now, the vibrant acidity of this wine will reward additional cellar aging.

This barrel-selection cuvée comes from some of the Russian River Valley's most sought-after Chardonnay vineyards. Cooled by Pacific fog, the Russian River Valley's extended growing season makes it one of the world's ideal terroirs for nurturing extraordinary Chardonnay.
"Elegant, refined and focused, with a delicate mix of lime-citrus, melon and green apple flavors that are pure and complex, ending with subtle fruit and light oak shadings. Drink now through 2011."

My notes:
I love opening a bottle of Chardonnay and immediately getting that pear and melon aroma.
Very complex, as every time I took a sniff there was something new. Shirley and I started taking notes as we drank the wine with our bread and dip while waiting for our appetizer. She would get green apple then a hint of vanilla or melon, while I was getting citrus and a bit of honeysuckle.
The finish was nothing short of extraordinaire. Very well balanced and perfect with my Scallops.
Shirley also loved the wine with her Duck.

The restaurant price on the bottle was $39, so I assumed I would be able to find just under $20.
But searching on line I found it between $13 and $15. Definitely a wine I am going to stock up on. I have always enjoyed the French Meursault and some Pouilly Fuisse, but the Clos Du Bois Calcaire is now on top of my Chardonnay list. And at $15 a bottle,

Take it from a novice: Great Buy


Shelly said...

I'm going to have to look for that one. It's been a while since I've had any white wine but the season is calling for it. I'm always looking for great Chardonnay's. Thanks for the tip.

The Wine Whore said...

Let me just tell you that I was so excited to see a review on a wine from Clos du Bois. I am a member of only one wine club and it is from this winery. I just got my case of wine from them a couple of weeks ago and you better believe that it included this Chard.

All of their wines are AMAZING especially considering the price. They have a great Malbec... in fact it is my favorite Malbec!

Their entry level wines are very inexpensive and decent for the price, but their reserve wines are just plain awesome!

I'll try to dig up some pics from our tour of their winery and the vineyards... brings back great memories!


joeshico said...

Shelly, I hope you find this one. I am not a fan of Chardonnay, but this one is great.
Randy, the only Clos du Bois I had before was the Marlstone. A very, very nice red blend. The 2003 is my favorite California red. I will now be looking for them all.

The Wine Whore said...

I have several bottles of the Marlestone and the Braircrest.. both are great! I know I sound really excited about this one... but this is really one of my favorite wineries.. :) You made my day!

tom said...

Great blog entry. I'm going to have to try to find this one!

There's a bunch of things in this wine & review that are intriguing. The wine- Russian River chard, the meal- scallops and duck, the review- creme brulee and apple, lemon, lime and crisp, and creamy and rich. Are you kidding me? what's going on with this wine? I'm guessing that this is going to be a RR style chard. Rich and buttery, likely with vanilla due French Oak aging in mostly new barrels. I am confounded by the crisp and citrus, (sav blanc?) but I'd love to find it to give it a whirl on the palette and olfactory. BTW- I'm sure my wine paring ability would not have been able to pull off your selection. Did you get any server help on that one?

Lastly, Wine on-line? Is that a new trend? Lucky you. In MD we are a prohibition state. It's not allowed, its a felony. Please see for more. regards- tom

joeshico said...

Anytime I can make "The Wine Whores"
day is a good day for me. Thanks Randy.

Tom, had no help on this one. Wife wanted Chianti with the Duck (good choice) but gave in to trying the Chard. Selection was just a 'poke and hope' pick. Turned out to be an excellent choice.
Commented before on
or on your Must Love Wine wall.
MD laws very unfair to consumer as many of NY laws are.

The Wino said...

I actually visited the Clos du Bois winnery last summer and LOVED it! The one bottle we bought was the Mablec Wine whore is right its GREAT! Since we seam to agree on, not doing whites I will have to try this one. I do LOVE their Zinfandell also! Thanks for the review.

George R Perry said...

Gotta love a California Wine with a French name (Enclosure in the Woods). I've had some of their wine before, but only their reds. Always in the market for a good domestic chardonnay. Have to give this one a try. Thanks for the tip.

joeshico said...

Wino: I did only reds for 30 years and just started doing whites in the past 8 years and seriously in the last 3. This Chard is the best I've ever had.
George: Gotta love the French name ant their tag line "all the French you need to know" Please try this one, you won't be disappointed.

The Wine Whore said...

Love the new layout!