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mrnas Jan 20, 2013 09:53 AM

I am pretty serious craft beer snob and have largely shunned wine for some time.

The other day, I had a glass of wine at Stone Barns in New York. It was absolutely incredible. It was a Paul Chapelle Mersault. The quality that was so amazing to me the the oily, butteryness of it. I have since been drinking Mersault like crazy. However, the $50/bottle price tag has been hurting quite a bit. And forget about ordering a bottle at a restaurant (see $120+).

Does anyone have any recommendations for a similarly buttery wine in a more reasonable price range?

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    TombstoneShadow Jan 20, 2013 09:26 PM

    do you think it's the "butter" that you're liking so much or more the overall flavor impression of great chardonnay? I have to think you're pulling more than this one flavor note from the wine.

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      zin1953 Jan 20, 2013 09:51 PM

      Chardonnay does NOT taste like butter. It tastes like Chardonnay.

      Diacetyl, OTOH, *does* taste like Parkay.

      1. re: zin1953
        Bill Hunt Jan 22, 2013 07:51 PM

        Actually, I find that Diacetyl tastes more like "Land-O-Lakes," but that is probably just me?

        Hunt

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      zin1953 Jan 20, 2013 02:33 PM

      Look for California Chardonnays -- barrel-fermented -- from the Central Coast (Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara Counties; Edna Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, Santa Ynez, etc.).

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      1. re: zin1953
        maria lorraine Jan 20, 2013 09:21 PM

        Zin1953 makes a good point if you liked Meursault, Mrnas. Look for chardonnays that are sur lie aged (aged on the the yeast in the barrel). Might even say that on the label, or you can do a search. The taste component is perhaps more creamy than buttery. Lovely mouthfeel/texture too.

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        chloebell Jan 20, 2013 10:00 AM

        Try finding "Butternut". It was not my favorite, but it might be right up your alley; taste & price. :)

        http://bnawinegroup.com/butternut/#

        Less than $20

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          mrnas Jan 20, 2013 10:32 AM

          I will definitely check it out. Any other recommendations out there??

          1. re: mrnas
            maria lorraine Jan 20, 2013 11:09 AM

            Lots of threads on buttery chardonnays previously:

            http://www.chow.com/search?query=butt...

          2. re: chloebell
            Midlife Jan 20, 2013 11:40 AM

            Gotta say that Butternut is much more about the fruit than any "butteriness" to my palate.

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              chloebell Jan 20, 2013 01:16 PM

              Funny how we differ. LOL! The oak in it about knocked me down. I had it at a wine tasting......maybe too much wine that night. ;)

              But, mrnas still might find it good.

              Come to think of it, what about Clos du Bois?

              1. re: chloebell
                Midlife Jan 20, 2013 11:20 PM

                I didn't taste much oak in the last Butternut I tasted (last week, as it's a house wine in the shop where I work). Palates can be very different.

                BTW............ do you really find heavily oaked wines to be 'buttery and oily' which was what mrnas was looking for? For my palate, the two are usually not found together. At least not for me.

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