January 3, 2019

Marchand & Burch Villages Chardonnay 2016

While you might not know the Marchard & Burch label, the stable mates of Mad Fish & Howard Park are well known.  The wines carrying this label are the result of the partnership of Pascal Marchand from Burgundy and Jeff Burch, the owner of Burch family wines (Mad Fish & Howard Park).  This ‘Villages’ chardonnay is sourced from Mount Barrow, a small region within the Mount Barker region which in itself is part of the Western Australian region of Great Southern. This Great Southern region produces fine wines that often fly under the radar, unless you know to look for them, and my advice is that you really should…. 

In the glass this Chardonnay is a lovely supple feast that unfolds not just in the glass, but also in your mouth. The typical Chardonnay pineapple and lemon citrus is gently rounded out with a spicy toastiness. It strikes the right notes of silkiness and freshness in the mouth with soft acid and a curvy fleshier body.  Take your time with this wine, don’t drink it too chilled down either. Just lightly chill it and the texture will be soft and balanced.

Quickie review «If you like your Chardonnay fresh and elegant with a light creamy texture, this is an excellent choice and showcases the potential of Great Southern fruit.»

Country of Origin: Great Southern, Australia
Tasting Date:  May 2018
Price:  AU$30 | UK£30 | USD 36
Drink: now – 4+ years
Needs food: no
Source: Tasting

This wine was featured on a winemusing.tv ‘Quickie Review’:


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