The 2011 Crème de Lys Chardonnay is a must-try for those who want a luxurious wine at half the price.
It has a lot going for it: more than six months of aging in French oak and a pudgy crème brulee aftertaste that suggests a much more expensive wine. Be careful to check the vintage, though, as some years have not been as successful.
The wine’s price is $10 a bottle and when you try it, I think you will be impressed by its fatness, as this expansive white shows aromas of toast, cream and some pineapple. As well, the lush mouth impression is quite a head-turner. It received a Silver Medal at the California State Fair, and if value were taken into account, this would have been a Double Gold. I feel this wine drinks like a lot of chardonnays that get almost twice as much per bottle, so have at it. Try Glazer’s Distributing if your favorite wine place doesn’t have it.