Beaulieu Vineyards Chardonnay Private Cellars 2005 wine review by (PB)
Reviews have been scant from (PB) due to a whopping cold that has compromised his taster! This is the last one til recovery takes place.
I found this on sale at a local supermarket for $7. The normal price is listed to be $13. I bought two bottles untasted figuring for $7, even if it’s just marginal, no loss. What can you expect from a $7 Chard?
It is lightly golden with a vanilla and crème brulee bouquet that I find pleasant with a light citrus note.
It has nice acid, good mouth feel and a nice finish with vanilla and oak throughout. If you like this style it’s decent enough at $7. But I put it head to head with Columbia Crest’s Two Vines 2003 Chardonnay also at a non-sale price point of $7.
Coulmbia Crest wins hands down. Both are good-with-food Chards so if you find the BV for $7 buy it, for $13, you could pass it by.